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Any airspace that is controlled or reserved is marked on the charts to tell you what and where. Fortunately, the chart legend will help you figure it out. Here are some tips:
- Wide blue lines encircle Class B airspace; remember, there are multilayers or circles, solid and shaded.
- Wide magenta lines encircle Class C airspace; there are two layers or circles, solid and shaded.
- A dashed blue line encircles Class D airspace.
- A dashed magenta line encircles Class E airspace at an airport starting at the surface and continuing up to 18,000 feet MSL.
- Prohibited, restricted, or other areas are indicated on aeronautical charts with their own symbols.
- Airways (think of them as highways) are shown on charts. VFR pilots, including sport pilots, may use them but are not required to do so. All airways below 18,000 feet are called “victor” airways and they are assigned numbers for identification.
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