CHAPTER 8. The National Airspace System

Class B Airspace

Class B airspace is generally airspace from the surface to 10,000 feet MSL surrounding the nationís busiest airports in terms of IFR operations or passenger enplanements. [Figures 8-3 and 8-10] The confi guration of each Class B airspace area is individually tailored and consists of a surface area and two or more additional layers (some Class B airspace areas resemble upside-down wedding cakes), and is designed to contain all published instrument procedures once an aircraft enters the airspace.

Equipment requirements are the same as for Class C airspace; however, due to air traffi c congestion, the WSC aircraft pilot requesting entry to Class B airspace may be denied entry. Since aircraft operating in Class B airspace have a radar signature and ATC provides aircraft separation, there is a difference in the cloud clearance requirements. Visibility remains three statute miles, but minimum cloud clearance requirement is to remain clear of clouds. [Figure 8-6]

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