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CHART CHALLENGE
DON'T HIT THE CLASS CEILING
SECTIONAL CHARTS PROVIDE AN EXCELLENT VFR FLIGHT RULES MAP.
Colorful solid and hashed contours represent airspace boundaries that
have specific equipment, communication, and weather (visibility and cloud
clearance) requirements.
For example, tower-controlled airports have blue airport symbols. Their
specific airspace class designation is based on airport traffic volume. At
less busy towered airports, the surrounding hashed blue ring typically
represents a 4-nm Class D airspace radius-but beware that the airspace
is tailored to the area. It generally extends from the surface up to 2,500
feet above airport elevation although ceiling heights may vary-pay
special attention to minus signs preceding numbers. In this example,
Manassas Regional Airport (HEF) sits under more restrictive Class B
airspace. HEF's ceiling-shown in the small blue box-extends up to but
not including 2,000 msl. Class B operating rules apply where its airspace
overlaps the Class D ceiling. Before entering Class D airspace, establish
and maintain two-way communication with the tower. Observe three
statute miles visibility. Cloud clearance is 1,000 above, 500 below, and
2,000 horizontal (think: C152). Class D airspace may contain published
instrument procedures and Class E surface area extensions, and it usually
reverts to Class E when the tower closes.
Be safe!
BY MACHTELD SMITH
Machteld Smith is a senior editor for the AOPA Air Safety Institute.
She holds a commercial pilot certificate with multiengine, instrument, and
seaplane ratings. She loves flying seaplanes and the adventure of landing on
rivers and lakes!
Email: machteld.smith@aopa.org
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3

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CFItoCFI Newsletter—Volume 13 Issue 3
CFI Notes
From the Editor: New ASI Programs
Aviation Spoken Here—Beyond Reciting the Phonetic Alphabet
Safety Webinars: Hone Your Skills—Be Well-Informed
Recorded Webinar: Mental Health—Insights and Guidelines for GA Pilots
ASI Message: Aviation's Two-Minute Drill—It Requires Proficiency to Aviate, Navigate, and Communicate
CFI News
CFI Tips: Back To the Basics—Be Prepared When Technology Fails
Checkride Checklist: DPE Answers for Students and CFIs
There I Was…: Weight, Balance, and Density Altitude
Chart Challenge: Don't Hit the Class Ceiling
From the ASI Archives: Takeoffs and Landings—The Ups and Downs of the GA Pilot
You Can Fly: See Yourself Through the Eyes of Your Students
Safety Quiz: PIREPS
CFI Tools: Early Analysis—Two Midair Collisions
Chief's Corner: Having and Using a Game Plan—The Benefits of AFTA
ASI Safety Tip: The 4 Ws of Communication
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - CFItoCFI Newsletter—Volume 13 Issue 3
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - CFI Notes
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - From the Editor: New ASI Programs
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 4
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - Aviation Spoken Here—Beyond Reciting the Phonetic Alphabet
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 6
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 7
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - Safety Webinars: Hone Your Skills—Be Well-Informed
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - Recorded Webinar: Mental Health—Insights and Guidelines for GA Pilots
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - ASI Message: Aviation's Two-Minute Drill—It Requires Proficiency to Aviate, Navigate, and Communicate
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 11
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - CFI News
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 13
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 14
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - CFI Tips: Back To the Basics—Be Prepared When Technology Fails
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 16
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 17
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 18
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - Checkride Checklist: DPE Answers for Students and CFIs
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 20
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - There I Was…: Weight, Balance, and Density Altitude
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 22
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - Chart Challenge: Don't Hit the Class Ceiling
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 24
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - From the ASI Archives: Takeoffs and Landings—The Ups and Downs of the GA Pilot
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - You Can Fly: See Yourself Through the Eyes of Your Students
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 27
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - Safety Quiz: PIREPS
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - CFI Tools: Early Analysis—Two Midair Collisions
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 30
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 31
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 32
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - Chief's Corner: Having and Using a Game Plan—The Benefits of AFTA
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - 34
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 13 Issue 3 - ASI Safety Tip: The 4 Ws of Communication
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