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Departures (10)

Callsign Dep Arr Status ETA
BAW268 KLAX EGLL Arriving
JBU980 KLAX MRLB Arriving
UAL155 KLAX CYYZ Enroute 2144
DAL430 KLAX KATL Enroute 2127
SKW2833 KLAX KASE Enroute 1055
DAL386 KLAX KMSP Enroute 2156
GAE074 KLAX KABQ Enroute 0650
ASA440 KLAX MMUN Enroute 0033
JBU1859 KLAX KLAS Enroute 0711
DLH457 KLAX EDDF Enroute 1600

Arrivals (5)

Callsign Dep Arr Status ETA
ANZ235 EGLL KLAX Enroute 0622
SPCCJ KDAL KLAX Enroute 0642
AAL492 KSFO KLAX Enroute 1405
SWR40 LSZH KLAX Enroute 1322
SWA3541 KSAN KLAX Enroute 1545

Los Angeles (SoCal) 15

Departures (4)

Callsign Dep Arr Status ETA
LN219 KSAN KPHX Enroute 1334
SWA3194 KSAN KLAS Enroute 1040
SWA3541 KSAN KLAX Enroute 1545
N375HH KSAN KCRQ Enroute 0743

Arrivals (6)

Callsign Dep Arr Status ETA
JBU529 KFLL KSAN Enroute 0535
JBU23 KSJC KSAN Enroute 0528
DAL4211 KEGE KSAN Enroute 0549
NZTHS KBFI KSAN Enroute 0901
N375HH KSAN KCRQ Enroute 0743
DAL1642 KSLC KSAN Enroute 1600

San Diego (SoCal) 10

Departures (3)

Callsign Dep Arr Status ETA
SWA4810 KLAS KDEN Enroute 1151
AAL502 KLAS KDEN Enroute 0723
AFL629 KLAS KSLC Enroute 0613

Arrivals (6)

Callsign Dep Arr Status ETA
UAL2075 KEWR KLAS Enroute 0624
NKS401 KSEA KLAS Enroute 0919
SWA3194 KSAN KLAS Enroute 1040
JBU1859 KLAX KLAS Enroute 0711
DAL628 KATL KLAS Enroute 0752
JBU1407 KFLL KLAS Departing

Las Vegas 9
  • Flights To/From ZLA: 34
  • Flights in ZLA Airspace: 11
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    Airspace Transponder and Communication Requirements

    Airspace Transponder and Communication Requirements

    “You are cleared into the class Charlie”

    Ever hear this? Ever say it? It’s easy to get into the habit of treating class C and class B airspace the same. They’re both marked in bold, impressive lines on the chart, and they both serve major airports with many jets. But there is a difference in the requirements a pilot needs to enter these airspaces.

    Requirements to enter Airspace Classes

    Class A

    You need to have two-way communication, mode C, an ATC clearance, and be IFR. “Climb and maintain flight level 230″ is your ticket into the class A airspace.

    Class B

    You need to have two-way communication, mode C and an ATC clearance. “Cleared into the class Bravo” does the trick. A bravo clearance is good for just one entry into the bravo. If you leave the class B for any reason, you need another clearance to enter it.

    Class C

    You need to have two-way communication and mode C. There is no such thing as “Cleared into the class Charlie,” because just having two-way radio communication is your clearance. But what is two-way radio communication? It’s the controller saying your call-sign.

    • N123, approach” — That’s all you need to hear. The controller has used your call-sign. This is your class C clearance.
       
    • N123, approach, standby” — this is the one that blows people’s minds. Even though the controller has said “standby,” you can go right on into the class C. That’s because “standby” means “don’t talk now, I’ll get back to you,” but the controller saying your call-sign established two-way radio communications.
       
    • Aircraft calling, standby” — Two-way communication has not been established, so remain clear of the class C. And don’t answer, since standby, in radio parlance means “hush up for now.”
       
    • N123, remain clear of the class C airspace, give me a call in 10 minutes” — The use of your call-sign has established two-way communication, but the controller barred you from entry. You may not enter.

    Class D

    You need two-way comms, same as for class C, but you no longer need the mode-C transponder.

    Class E and G

    No radio or transponder requirements.

     

    From whom do you need the clearance?

    You need the clearance from the controller in charge of the airspace. In real life, that’s simple: every airspace has its own controller. But on VATSIM, that can lead to interesting situations. That’s because, most of the time, C and D airspace is not manned and the overlaying approach or center controller handles those airspaces. That can lead to the interesting situation where you are in two-way radio communication with a center or approach controller, squawking mode-C, and there is no other controller controlling any of the C or D airspaces along your route. In that situation, you are, without any magic words being said, cleared into those airspaces.

    How cool is that?

    When you get to the thick purple line for the Charlie airspace, don’t hyperventilate. Don’t key the microphone and ask for a clearance. Just keep on flying.

    Things change on those days when there is a separate controller for that C or D airspace. Your two-way radio communications with center does not automatically transfer to that other controller. So, if you’re on center’s frequency and approaching a class C or D being controlled by a different controller, you may not enter until you are switched to that other controller’s frequency and establish two-way radio contact with them.