GalaxyFlyer wrote:Landing at the Class C or D airport, you will handed off to tower and entry coordinated by ATC as long as the controller knows your plan. In the first case, I’d ask about the transition clearance, but they should coordinate with tower or hand you off, the tower controller requests.
ArcticFlyer wrote:I have a question about U.S. airspace/radio procedures that has been bugging me for years. Imagine the following scenario: I am flying along in a small airplane, VFR, and receiving flight following from the appropriate ATC unit. Let's say I'm at 2,000 feet and cannot climb higher due to cloud clearance requirements. A towered airport with active Class D airspace is directly ahead of me.
My question is, am I required to either avoid the airspace or request a frequency change with Center/TRACON, or is it ATC's responsibility to hand me off or coordinate my transition of the Class D? In a related scenario let's say I'm planning to land at that same towered airport, in which case I have the same question: Can I enter the Class D while in contact with Center/TRACON or must I remain outside until being handed off to the tower?
Any thoughts, particularly from controllers, would be greatly appreciated!
N1120A wrote:It often depends on a letter of agreement whether you'll need to get handed off or not. Most approach controls have agreements with their underlying towers to handle transitional aircraft in parts of their airspace. This is especially true when an approach to another airport goes through that tower's Delta. A tower should never be chewing you out for a late hand off though - that is the fault of approach, not your fault.
GalaxyFlyer wrote:We had a crew told “possible pilot deviation” on a late hand-off to a very busy controller. Remote airport inundated with bizjets due to rich men’s climate conference. Short inquiry settled it, but the contract tower did pass it to the FAA.
GalaxyFlyer wrote:We had a crew told “possible pilot deviation” on a late hand-off to a very busy local controller. Remote airport inundated with bizjets due to rich men’s climate conference. Short inquiry settled it, but the contract tower did pass it to the FAA.
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