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CLASS GULF AIRSPACE (RP)



Class G (Gulf) airspace is uncontrolled airspace. That means you can fly in it without talking to ATC. Even when departing or arriving at airports within Class G airspace you do not need to communicate.


However, the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) does suggest, and we highly recommend that you always communicate your position and intentions around the airport environment for your safety and the safety of others, such as:

  • 10 miles out from the airport.

  • Airport overflight, if needed.

  • All traffic pattern positions.

    • 45 degree entry

    • Downwind

    • Base

    • Final

“We as pilots must be safe at all times no matter what!”


Airspace Dimensions:

Gulf airspace exists where Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace does not. Gulf starts at the surface up to the floor of the over lying Class Echo airspace. To look for Gulf airspace can be a bit tricky.


TIP: Gulf airspace is the airspace closest to the ground. Think of Class 'G' - G for ground.


The best way to look for Gulf airspace is to look for the thick faded magenta line.

  • Inside the magenta area G airspace is from the surface up to 699ft AGL, not including 700 feet AGL.

  • Outside the magenta area G airspace is from the surface up to 1,199ft AGL, not including 1,200 feet AGL.

Let’s take a look at an example; Half Moon Bay (KHAF) airport located on the San Francisco Sectional Chart. What airspace does Half Moon Bay lie in, Bravo, Echo or Gulf? The correct answer is the airport lies in Class Gulf airspace inside of the thick faded magenta line. Since it is inside of magenta area the airspace is from the surface up to 699 feet AGL. Above the G airspace is class E airspace from 700 feet AGL up to the floor of the Class Bravo airspace (solid dark blue lines), which are at 4,000 feet MSL on the north side and 6,000 feet MSL on the south side.



Entry Requirements:

  • None required if below 10,000 feet MSL

  • ADS-B not required


Weather Minimums:

Day VFR Below 1,200 feet AGL

  • 1 Statute Mile visibility

  • Clear of Clouds

Night VFR Below 1,200 feet AGL

3-152

  • 3 - 3 Statute Miles visibility

  • 152 - 1,000 ft above, 500 ft below, 2,000 ft horizontally

Day VFR Above 1,200 feet AGL

  • 1 Statute Mile visibility

  • 1,000 ft above, 500 ft below, 2,000 ft horizontally

Night VFR Below 1,200 feet AGL

  • 3 Statute Miles visibility

  • 1,000 ft above, 500 ft below, 2,000 ft horizontally



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