Wednesday, June 03
Flight 23: Class C Airspace
By Brady Lane at 6:00 PM
Flight log to date Hours flown: 24.3 | Days since I started: 232 | Cost: $3,884.80
We flew to Green Bay today and I landed at my first Class C airport.
Since I normally fly at a towered field, procedurally the only thing different was calling approach before calling the tower - not that big of deal. However, other factors of the flight made it a very educational lesson for me. Here's a few tips I took away from the flight:
• write down squak frequencies before trying to enter them in to the transponder
• some controllers are hard to hear, so don't hesitate to ask them to repeat instructions
• stay ahead of the aircraft by programming in the next radio frequency before you need it
• when you share an aircraft with other pilots, expect that some of the settings in the plane may be changed since your last flight
• if you're flying a high-wing tricycle-gear plane, some controllers will call you a Cessna even after you tell them you're in a Remos LSA (this also makes communication hard if you're not listening for that identification).
In order for a sport pilots to fly into Class B, C and D airspace they must recieve and log training in that airspace. Since there are two Class C airports nearby (MKE and GRB) Jason wanted to be sure I had that experience and training.
It was a great flight and my landing back in OSH felt like one of my best landings ever. I even hit the numbers thanks to some of your advice and suggestions on the blog!