Powered Parachute Flying Handbook

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.

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