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What is the purpose of this interesting pattern of class E airspace in northwest Alaska?

This is easier to explain in reverse: rather than why there is so much class G airspace there, why is there so much class E airspace everywhere else? Remember, all airspace is class G unless it has ...
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Do you need an instrument rating to fly in IMC in Class G airspace?

In the US, an appropriate instrument rating is needed to fly when WX conditions are below VFR minimums, and at night for SVFR. 14 CFR 61.3(e) Additionally, one needs an appropriate instrument rating ...
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Can an aerodrome in class G airspace be controlled?

An airport in class G airspace can have an operating control tower. This is a case of a towered airport in uncontrolled airspace. The airspace is uncontrolled but tower communication must be ...
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What light signals or visual markings indicate that turns should be made to the right at class G airports?

Here's the example from the FAA's Airplane Flying Handbook (chapter 7): If there are no other aircraft present, the pilot should check traffic indicators on the ground and wind indicators to ...
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How do I know my AGL altitude while in flight?

You can't know with 100% accuracy, even radio altimeters have limitations, and if you're flying on a PPL the aircraft probably wouldn't have one anyway. The VFR pilot flies with a map which shows the ...
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How do I know my AGL altitude while in flight?

I bumped into this thread and was disappointed to see that no one was able to actually answer your question. Why you are avoiding Class E, whether 1200' AGL is unsafe, and the ins and outs of your ...
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What is the benefit or motivation for having Class G airspace?

You can also fly Ifr without a clearance in G. Remember that the entire purpose of airspace is to keep us from hitting airliners. It is not about keeping GA planes apart. When you look at wx mins ...
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Can an aerodrome in class G airspace be controlled?

Well, sort of. In Class G airspace you often find ATZs. This is airspace 2nmi radius to 2,000ft around an aerodrome that is controlled by the aerodrome so take-off and landings. They are often not ...
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What light signals or visual markings indicate that turns should be made to the right at class G airports?

4.2.6 Right-hand traffic When displayed in a signal area, or horizontally at the end of the runway or strip in use, a right-hand arrow of conspicuous colour (Figure A1-9) indicates that turns are ...
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Does compliance with ATC instructions apply to VFR aircraft in Class G?

In class G you are not under Air Traffic Control and therefor you don't receive instructions. You may be receiving an Air Traffic Information Service and they will provide you with advisories. ...
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What are the proper radio call-outs on uncontrolled airfields?

I can only speak as to the situation in the US, I don't know what the rules are elsewhere. When operating at an untowered airfield in the US you're not actually required to have a radio at all. Thus ...
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How do I know my AGL altitude while in flight?

As a practical matter, sans radio altimetry or synthetic vision, you don't have any way to determine your AGL en route accurately. Why do you want to use Class E for en route flying? In the U.S. ...
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Can I takeoff as VFR from class G with 2sm vis. even if that's IFR in the categorical outlooks?

I think you are mixing up ceilings and cloud coverage. 14 CFR 91.155(a) says how much visibility you must have, and how far away from clouds you must be in VFR. In class G at day under 1200 feet AGL, ...
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When was the last collision in IMC outside controlled airspace?

In February 2020, there was a mid-air collision involving two IFR aircraft on training flights, in class G airspace in Australia. It occurred near a small airfield north of Melbourne. You can read the ...
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What is the benefit or motivation for having Class G airspace?

Airspace classifications above G exist to protect commerce. (The FAA exists to protect commerce.) That is primarily IFR operations, as well as carriers and others that utilize ATC services. The ...
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Can a holding pattern be in class G airspace?

By definition, Class G is uncontrolled airspace so the only separation you will receive there comes from using your Mk I eyeballs and good judgment. A controller is not going to dispatch you to hold ...
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When is this Class D airspace not Class D airspace?

Great question. The short answer to your question is "Full Time." Ultimately that Class D airspace will be incorporated into the LAX Class B, but there is a lot of red tape involved so step ...
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How do IFR flights in IMC in Class G airspace not collide?

Ideally, all aircraft will be giving position reports on CTAF (which does exist for en route in some places) and will self-deconflict. Where CTAF does not exist, or if pilots choose not to use it, ...
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How do IFR flights in IMC in Class G airspace not collide?

IFR airplanes are expected to coordinate with each other if two airplanes arrive to shoot an approach at the same time in uncontrolled airspace. Whomever arrives first is going to be announcing their ...
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Who do you talk to in Class G airspace (UK)?

You want CAP 774: UK Flight Information Services. That document lists the air traffic services provided to aircraft in class G in the UK. The services listed are: Basic Service: A Basic Service is ...
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When was 91.155(b)(2) (night VFR cloud clearance and visibility in Class G airspace in traffic pattern) implemented?

The basic content (without references to powered parachute or weight-shift-control aircraft) was already present in the 1991 Final Rule "Airspace Reclassification", as can be seen by ...
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Is this Class G Airspace?

Yes you are in Class G at that location. The shaded red band indicates the floor of Class E airspace extends down to 700 AGL at that location, and the floor of theshelf of Class B airspace is 1900 ...
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Is this Class G Airspace?

Provided the drone is flying where the red dot is, you are correct and Class G extends from the surface to 700 ft AGL. If you really wanted to play it safe, call the tower at KBKL to establish two ...
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What light signals or visual markings indicate that turns should be made to the right at class G airports?

The "L"-shaped marks near the tetrahedron or wind tee — adjoining the "segmented circle" — show the traffic pattern direction. Intended to be viewed from above, not from ground level. http://www....
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Is there any class G airspace that extends to 14,500 MSL?

Historically there was much more uncontrolled airspace in CONUS. There is less but it exists. 14500 is the old continental control area, sometimes called the continental control shelf. It was ...
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What is the benefit or motivation for having Class G airspace?

All airspace was originally uncontrolled. Then planes started crashing into each other, especially in bad weather, and someone got the bright idea of having controllers to track where planes were and ...
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What is the benefit or motivation for having Class G airspace?

Class D and above require good weather, and permission, to enter. Class E airspace requires good weather only. Class G airspace requires not much. That's the benefit/difference of Class G.
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Is this Class G Airspace?

Yes, you're reading the chart correctly. Either your drone's GPS is off by quite a bit, or it was deliberately designed to be overly sensitive so that you couldn't accidentally fly into nearby ...
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