Questions tagged [class-d-airspace]

Class D airspace is generally airspace from the surface to 2,500 feet above the airport elevation (charted in MSL) surrounding those airports that have an operational control tower.

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Why do VFR-flights need a clearance in class D airspace?

I ask myself why VFR-traffic has to get ATC-clearances in class D airspace, because as far as I know, ATC doesn’t provide separation for VFR-traffic in this airspace class... So why for example is a ...
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Is there a 'common courtesy' distance that should be complied with when initiating contact with ATC for class D airspace?

Some background: I'm a student pilot preparing for an upcoming stage check involving XC diversions and have been trying to visualize different scenarios of what I'd need to do when diverting. One case ...
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Need communication example departing and arriving uncontrolled airport within class D

I'm looking for a communication pattern to depart and arrive an uncontrolled airport within class D airspace VFR. One example can be F69 which is within KADS. This case looks even trickier because ...
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What is the top altitude of the class delta KEDC? It looks like it's not depicted on the VFR sectional chart

Can someone tell me what I'm missing? I usually see a [-#] that denotes the airspace above a class delta. I believe KEDC (Austin Executive) is a class delta based on the chart supplement. Attached is ...
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With radio not working, why it is more important to stay away from exactly class D airspace?

The instructions how to land when the radio is no longer working state as the first item "stay away from the class D airspace". Why is the class D specifically mentioned in these instructions? How it ...
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Is the Tower (Local) Controller responsible for “separating” VFR traffic in the pattern in the U.S. in Class D airspace?

For example, in U.S. Class D airspace, if an inbound aircraft operating VFR is instructed by the Control Tower to "enter left downwind for runway 18, report entering downwind," is the controller ...
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How to fly a drone in Class D in Italy?

I am traveling for a wedding which will take place in Monza Park, Italy. According to Italian Airspace Pro, the location I would like to fly, the southern half of the park, is technically in Class D ...
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When is this Class D airspace not Class D airspace?

The Terminal Area Chart (TAC) shows the Class D airspace for Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX) view the full TAC. I have highlighted in green the north and south portions of the Class D ...
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Where does the Olive Branch (KOLV) class D ceiling meet the Memphis (KMEM) class B floor?

I'm having an internal debate on interpreting the Class D ceiling in part of the the Memphis TAC. My understanding was in the case of a Class D under a Class B shelf, the ceiling of the Class D ends ...
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What are the lateral limits of Class D airspace in the USA?

Class D airspace was normally 5sm (4.4nm) with extensions for approaches, when they are less than 2nm. If any extension is over 2nm, then the extensions are normally Class E. Many publications claim ...
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How can I legally land VFR in class D airspace with low and few clouds?

This question is a bit specific because it applies to an actual situation I'm observing for a flight I'm looking to make tomorrow. I'm a Non-IFR rated pilot looking to fly class D airspace. My ...
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Who to contact when inbound to adjoining class deltas?

Given two class delta airports that share a boundary, say you wanted to transition through one to land at the other. Who would you call first? The transitioning controller, or the destination ...
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What's the north boundary of the KINS Class D? (Or: does a SUA designation take precedence over controlled airspace?)

This is inspired by the question regarding aerobatics over a surface class D area. KINS (Creech AFB) sits right outside the south boundary of the Nellis Range Complex (R4806W to be precise). ...
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What is the criteria for determining whether an airport will be towered or uncontrolled? [duplicate]

I thought about this in reference to the question about Schamburg Airport in Chicago. Is there a particular criteria for an airport, for instance the amount of instrument traffic going into and out ...
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Is the airspace at KGPT class E or G when the tower is closed?

I'm a bit new to airspace and I'm trying to figure out if the airspace around Gulfport-Biloxi International (KGPT) changes to class G or E when the tower closes. Looking at KGPT's airspace on a ...
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When is Class Delta Airspace not Class Delta?

Although there could be many examples, I'm using the KLCQ airport in this case. This is how the airspace stands: In the CHART Supplement, it is mentioned that it's a "Class D svc other times class E"....
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How should I operate within the dashed magenta lines next to Class D airspace?

I am unsure of how to operate within this area (red dashed line) without connection to ATC. It appears to come off of class D airspace. Can anyone provide an explanation of what this area is and how ...
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When departing from a class C or D airfield, what is the proper VFR procedure?

Specifically, when is it legal to turn to your on-course heading? I find that sometimes the tower will give me an instruction to "turn on course" but sometimes they don't. Are you supposed to stay on ...
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Why does Class D overlap class B around SeaTac? …and other Seattle Bravo airspace strangeness

I noticed KBFI's class delta overlaps SeaTac's bravo by 500 to 700 feet. Does anyone know which tower the overlapping airspace belongs to? Does it classify as Bravo airspace and do you need to hear ...
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What is the proper procedure for leaving class D airspace?

So one thing that always struck me as kind of odd was when you depart a class D tower (VFR) and you get your departure instructions, that's kind of ... it. You just go on your merry way and switch off ...
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Is it required to contact approach when flying VFR into a Class D airfield?

Is it required when under VFR to contact an airfield's approach when approaching to land at a class D? KDLH is my example airfield. They possess independent radar approach and departure (same ...