Glossary of Aviation Terms | Class G Airspace

Class G Airspace | Paramount Business Jets

Class G airspace is the portion of the airspace that has not been designated as Class A, B, C, D, or E. It is therefore designated as uncontrolled airspace. Class G airspace extends from the surface to the base of the overlying Class E airspace. Although ATC has no authority or responsibility to control the ATC, pilots should remember there are visual flight rules minimums that apply to Class G airspace. When approaching to land at an airport without an operating tower, an airplane must make all turns to the left unless the airport displays light signals or visual markings that indicate turns should be made right. A powered parachute must avoid the flow of fixed-wing aircraft. No person may operate an aircraft to, from, through, or an airport having an operational control tower unless two-way radio communication is established between that aircraft and the control tower unless otherwise authorized by the ATC. Communication must be established prior to four nautical miles from the airport, including 2,500 feet. However, if the aircraft radio fails in the flight, the PIC may operate that aircraft and land if weather conditions are at or above basic VFR weather minimums, visual contact with the tower is maintained, and a clearance to land is received.

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