Essential Questions What is airspace and why is it used? What classes of airspace are there? What are special use airspaces?
Part I. Controlled Airspace Class A Class B Class C Class D Class E
Class A Airspace Floor: 18,000 MSL Ceiling: FL 600 All operations IFR
Class B Airspace Hartsfield Floor: surface Ceiling: 10,000 MSL Floor/ceiling can be modified to accommodate each airport Up-side down wedding cake ATC clearance required
Class C Airspace Charlotte Floor: surface Ceiling: 4,000 AGL Floor/ceiling can be modified to accommodate each airport Charted in MSL Two-way comms with ATC required
Class D Airspace PDK Floor: surface Ceiling: 2,500 AGL Floor/ceiling can be modified to accommodate each airport Charted in MSL Two-way comms with ATC required
Class E Airspace Fills in space between other airspaces Can begin at surface or at a designated altitude (i.e. 700 AGL or 1,200 AGL)
Part II. Uncontrolled Airspace Class G
Class G Airspace Floor: surface Ceiling: overlying class E airspace Uncontrolled means pilots communicate with each other via CTAF
Part III. Special Use Airspace Prohibited areas Restricted areas Military operation areas (MOA) Alert areas
Prohibited Areas Aircraft are prohibited to fly through this area Areas such as White House, Capitol, etc. Charted with a “P” and a number (i.e. P-49)
Restricted Areas Area is subject to restrictions and may be dangerous to non-participating aircraft Artillery firing, aerial gunnery, guided missiles, etc. ATC will either clear you through or guide you around based on active/inactive Charted with an “R” followed by a number (i.e. R4401)
MOAs Designated to separate IFR traffic from military training May only fly through active MOA as long as ATC allows it, otherwise ATC will guide around it MOAs are named (i.e. “Camden Ridge MOA”)
Alert Areas High volume of pilot training or unusual-type training Exercise caution Charted as “A” with number (i.e. A-211)
Part IV. Other Airspace Areas Temporary flight restriction (TFR)
TFR NOTAM that temporarily restricts flight over an area Used when the president visits Has location and effective time period
Quiz Time!!! Name all the controlled airspace classes. Class A Class B Class C Class D Class E
Quiz Time!!! What is the floor and ceiling of a class D airspace? Floor: surface Ceiling: 2,500 AGL
Quiz Time!!! Are you allowed to fly a VFR flight inside class A airspace? Why or why not? No. Class A airspace only allows IFR flights to operate within it.
Quiz Time!!! What is a TFR and how is it received? TFR stands for temporary flight restriction and temporarily restricts a certain amount of airspace from any flights. A TFR can be received through a NOTAM.