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Calling US controllers

Old 27th Aug 2020, 09:22
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Calling US controllers

In the UK, entry to Class D airspace (usually but not always from Class G) requires a positive clearance from the controller but it is commonly said in aviation forums in the UK that in the USA no clearance is required to enter Class D, the pilot only has to establsh 2 way contact.
Is this correct or do US controlling authorities require other information such as position, heading, altitude etc?
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Old 27th Aug 2020, 12:26
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All you need is 2-way communications with ATC which needs to be mainteined for the duration of flight within said airspace, according to the FAA.
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Old 27th Aug 2020, 16:05
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The same is true for Class C in the USA. Radio contact.
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Old 27th Aug 2020, 16:07
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And that is for class C and D in the US. For class B you need the explicit clearance "cleared into the Bravo".
It makes flying in those busy airspaces so much easier.
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Old 17th Sep 2020, 13:22
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ICAO doesn't differentiate between IFR and VFR fligths when it comes to a clearance.

So technically you're subject to ATC, and thereby need a "normal" clearance when flying VFR.... you know, cleared to... via.... level... etc. According to ICAO that is.

But some countries just handles it a bit different and only provide "instructions" for VFR flights and leave out the "cleared".
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