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Practice Question: (Refer to Figure 69, area 7.) When an aircraft lands at Alice Intl (ALI), what airspace class is it in?

(Refer to Figure 69, area 7.) When an aircraft lands at Alice Intl (ALI), what airspace class is it in?
A) Class G
B) Class E
C) Class D

The answer to this question is A.

Alice Intl (ALI) sits within the thick, magenta vignette / shape, which indicates Class E airspace…but what altitude does that Class E airspace actually start at? Not until 700 ft. AGL, right? So the actual airport, which is at ground level, is in Class G uncontrolled airspace. We’re not a huge fan of this question, but it’s a good example of how the FAA is tricky with their wording. They’re asking what airspace is the actual airport in, as if you were flying a drone near it, you wouldn’t actually need additional permission since you’re in Class G uncontrolled airspace.

Alice Airport Figure 69

You also have to ignore the blue, notched circle which does not indicate an airspace class. It’s actually a compass reference point surrounding a VHF OMNI-DIRECTIONAL RADIO (VOR) RANGE and is called a compass rose. Many students think this is Class D controlled airspace, but it’s not!

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