Educational by Chapter of the Powered Paragliding Bible

I: First Flight

01 Training Process

02 Gearing Up

03 Handling the Wing

04 Prep For 1st Flight

05 The Flight

06 Flying With Wheels 

II: Spreading Wings

07 Weather Basics

08 The Law

09 Airspace   

10 Flying Anywhere

11 Controlled Airports

12 Setup & Mx

13 Flying Cross Country

14 Flying With Others

III: Mastery

15 Adv Ground Handling

16 Precision Flying

17 Challenging Sites

18 Advanced Maneuvers

19 Risk Management

20 Competition

21 Free Flight Transition

IV: Theory

22 Aerodynamics

23 Motor & Propeller

24 Weather & Wind

25 Roots: Our History

V: Choosing Gear

26 The Wing

27 The Motor Unit

28 Accessories

29 Home Building

VI: Getting the Most

30 Other Uses

31 Traveling With Gear

32 Photography

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33 Organizing Fly-Ins

34 Places To Fly

35 Preserving the Sport

36 Tandem

Crossing The Line, Can I?

Jan 23, 2007 | Section II Spreading your Wings, Chapter 9: Airspace

There are a lot of lines on sectional charts. It's confusing to know which ones we must pay attention to or not. This should help demystify those lines. Of course you can look at the sectional chart's legend to see what the lines are but that doesn't make it clear what they really mean to us.

Most lines are not restrictive. Many are either land features (like powerlines), some are cartographic like longitude lines or elevation lines, and the rest define airspace of some sort.

These charts are intended to supplement what's in Chapter 9 of the PPG Bible but can help anyone better understand U.S. Aviation Sectional charts, a treasure of information that sometimes can be buried a bit too well. Full resolution versions of these will be used in an upcoming issue of Powered Sport Flying Magazine.


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When reading the chart, each text balloon is answering the question "Can I cross the line?"


Here's a good reason to always get new charts. The Double Eagle airport does not now have a tower. It will in the next issuance of the chart. Consequently, there will be D airspace around it out to 5 miles. If you casually came in to fly nearby and didn't have the new chart, you'd have no way of knowing you're committing an FAR violation.

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This is a clean example of B airspace. Most are shaped weirdly to accommodate the airflow patterns around an area.

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