Updated: Jan 22
Understanding Class B Airspace Rules can be confusing for pilots and breaking one of these rules could result in FAA action.
Here's what you need to know.
WHERE IS CLASS B AIRSPACE?
Class B Airspace surrounds large (most often international) airports. Because these airports have heavy traffic operations it is important that pilots understand the airspace rules listed below.
CLASS B AIRSPACE DIMENSIONS
Each Class B Airspace has its own customized dimensions. However, they are generally shaped like an upside down wedding cake with different altitude shelves. You can see these shelves and the areas Class B covers in the example picture below.
Pilots must receive explicit clearance from the appropriate ATC facility prior to entering Class B Airspace. After your request to enter the airspace, your clearance will sound something like: "N736TB cleared to enter Salt Lake Class B Airspace." If you do not hear the words "cleared to enter Class B Airspace" you are not cleared to enter!
In addition to receiving a radio clearance, the plane must also be fitted with an operating Mode C Transponder. The pilot must also have at least a Private Pilot License.
Certain Class B Airports allow for student pilot operations as long as the student pilot has the proper endorsement from their flight instructor. However, this rule does not apply to all Class B Airspaces.
VFR WEATHER MINIMUMS
In order to operate VFR in Class B Airspace, pilots must have at least 3 Statute Miles of Flight Visibility and be able to remain clear of all clouds in the area.
Author - Nate Hodell
CFI/CFII/MEI/ATP - Creator of wifiCFI - Owner of Axiom Aviation Flight School.
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