Introduction to Controlled Airspace for sUAS Operations
With the introduction of sUAS’s into the airspace, today’s pilots face many airspace challenges. The lack of knowledge of the airspace or improper preflight planning has resulted in pilot deviations which are a violation of FAR (Federal Aviation Regulations). This has already resulted in a series of incidents and near misses.
One of the most important concepts to take from this course is the need to understand the type of airspace you will be flying in and to check notices to airmen (NOTAMS) before every flight – even a short flight in your local airport practice area. This chapter is designed to help prevent sUAS accidents and mishaps, including near misses occurring from a lack of understanding of airport issues. You will learn the different controlled airspace classifications, the importance of each and the restrictions that apply to each. TFR’s and NOTAMS are covered in detail, as well as the many different types of parameters.
Controlled Airspace Overview
1. Class A, B, C, & D airspace
2. Class E airspace
3. VFR Operations
4. Pilot deviations
Temporary Flight Restrictions
1. TFR Definition
3. Filing a Flight Plan
Types of TFRs
1. Presidential TFRs
2. Special Events
3. Disaster Areas
4. Space Flight TFRs
5. Checking FDC NOTAMs
1. Defined Parameters
1. Defined Parameters
Other SUA (Special Use Airspace)
1. Confined Activities
2. National Security Areas
SFARs and Emergency Air Traffic Rules
1. Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) definition
2. 'Air traffic rule with immediate effect'
Sources of Information
1. Airspace Information
2. Graphical TFR and SUA Data
Flight Service District Offices (Nation-wide)
Airport Directory for the United States;
Enter your state and county then submit - Then select under Reports (Airport Contact Information)
Wxbrief (For NOTAMs)
Where you would go to log in and enter your NOTAM for your flight (and to review other NOTAMS issued)
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