Flying to the Point, Airspace, Area A and You!YEAH! ACTIVATE AREA A!!! We do not have to adhere to the Class C altitude restriction in Area A when it is activated. The Chattanooga Tower will advise all other users of Class C Airspace Area A of the hang gliding activity. “Area A includes that airspace that extends from the Chattanooga Airport 5 NM range to the 10 NM range, from 235 magnetic bearing clockwise to the 300 magnetic bearing from the airport.” Where is Area A? Area A includes the entire west facing brow starting at the power lines just before Covenant College and goes past Moccasin Bend. You are expected to come into the shop and familiarize yourself with the maps. How is Area A activated? You have to notify an employee of LMFP and verify that it has been activated before you launch. It will be written on the board outside the shop on the top of the steps when it is active. If the shop is closed, and there are no employees to speak with the Tower, then you are expected to follow the flight rules and fly below these levels or above the maximum airspace level. If we have activated Area A on a day we are closed it will be written on the board outside the shop at the top of the steps. If Area A is not activated you need to stay out of the controlled airspace Class C Air Space:
- If you are east of the brow at the power lines between the two towers and the soccer field at Covenant College, the maximum altitude is 2600MSL. This area east of the brow is the approach zone of Chattanooga runways 02/20 and it is our responsibility to stay out of this airspace for the safety of the public. Flying in this area is too risky for you and the general public. Don’t do it.
- When you look at the sectional, there is a 47 with a line and a 33 under it. That means the class C airspace is between 3300MSL and 4700MSL. You could fly over 4700ft, but your altimeter could be wrong due to pressure changes or you could sink out in the middle of the airspace.
- If you violate the airspace regulations this close to the airport you can expect heavy fines. Perhaps the greater risk is the risk and danger of a midair collision with another aircraft. Also, there is the very real possibility that we will lose our privilege to fly in Area A.
- We are fortunate and privileged to be able to fly within this set piece of class C airspace. We are probably the only hang gliding site in the country that has this privilege. As pilots, it is extremely important to safely follow airspace guidelines and to maintain a positive relationship with the Chattanooga Tower.
|Using MSL Easy||Using zeroed out at Launch Not as easy||Using AGL Don’t set your vario this way unless you understand the math|
|Vario Settings for 2600ft ceiling set to 600 in the LZ: Max Alt is 2600 set to 2000 at Launch: Max Alt is 2600||Vario Settings for 2600ft ceiling set to 0 in the LZ: Max Alt is 2000 set to 0 at Launch: Max Alt is 600||Vario Settings for 3300 ft ceiling set to 1340 at Launch: Max Alt is 1960|
|Vario Settings for 3300 ft ceiling set to 600 in the LZ: Max Alt is 3300 set to 2000 at Launch: Max Alt is 3300||Vario Settings for 3300 ft ceiling is set to 0 in the LZ: Max Alt is 2700 set to 0 at Launch: Max Alt is 1300||Vario Settings for 2600 ft ceiling set to 1340 at Launch: Max Alt is 1260|
Posted by Jen | April 1st, 2012 | Comments (0)