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CAT Question

Postby iracer99 » Thu Nov 10, 2016 8:14 pm

Hello All,

Not sure if it's ok to ask questions regarding the ratings here, but not real sure where else to look.

First, would it be ok to ask controller questions/advise prior to taxi? Or should I direct my questions here (or elsewhere)?

The question I have, is regarding the CAT-07. After receiving clearance through the Class Charlie of KONT, and I only want to maintain 2500' to KEMT, since I am already in contact with ATC, would I be able to continue on through the Class Delta of KPOC without any further clearance request? Keep in mind, I don't really want to have to use the fuel to climb up to 4500. (I'm a low budget pilot, in a little Cherokee 140 ;) ) Or maybe cruise at 3000 to just pass over the KPOC airspace?

Any advise or input is appreciated,

Thank you,
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Re: CAT Question

Postby Keith Smith » Thu Nov 10, 2016 10:33 pm

You won't receive a clearance through Class C airspace.

A clearance is only required to takeoff, land, to enter Bravo airspace or if you're IFR. Be carefu about using the term 'clearance' loosely. The VFR workshops cover this point in more well as the case you're asking about, which is whether you can transition Delta airspace while talking to approach.

Yes, you can transition through Delta airspace if you're receiving radar services from the approach controller. This is because ATC is required to coordinate any transitions of Delta airspace on your behalf if they're providing radar service. Now, if they don't have the time to do so, they can either drop your service, or they can explicitly tell you to remain outside of the Delta, in which case you must comply. However, if you haven't yet established radar service and are just a couple of miles from hitting a Delta, I would either call the tower controller first, or I'd take steps to avoid the Delta rather than expecting the controller to coordinate it at the last second, just moments after he/she first identifies you. Of course, if you were receiving radar services for any considerable amount of prior to this, it's a moot point.

Hope this helps, and remember, no Class C or D clearances!
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Re: CAT Question

Postby iracer99 » Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:20 am

Helps very much.

Thanks Keith
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