Chapter 8 — Airspace Classification and Requirements
Class B Airspace
Class B airspace is generally the airspace from the
surface to 10,000 feet MSL surrounding the nation’s
busiest airports. The configuration of Class B airspace
is individually tailored to the needs of a particular
area and consists of a surface area and two or more
layers. Some Class B airspace resembles an upsidedown
wedding cake. At least a private pilot certificate is required to operate in Class B airspace; however,
there is an exception to this requirement. Student pilots,
recreational pilots, and sport pilots may operate
in the airspace if they have received training and a
logbook endorsement by an authorized flight instructor
in accordance with 14 CFR part 61.
With proper communication equipment, a Mode C
transponder (a device that transmits your exact position
and altitude), pilot certification and endorsements
as required, and an air traffic control (ATC) clearance,
a powered parachute may operate in Class B airspace.
Due to large jets and congested traffic operating in
Class B airspace, powered parachute operations may
not be advised.
When associated with Class B airspace and within 30
nautical miles of the primary airport, aircraft must be
equipped with a Mode C transponder. This requirement
must be complied with even if there is no intent
to enter the Class B airspace.