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Subscriber question:

"Should you report clear of Class D airspace when exiting the area after departure?" - Tom C.

Bob:

“No, there is no requirement to report clear of the Class D airspace when exiting, except when requested by the Tower.

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Occasionally the Tower will request this report if traffic is a factor or you are on a special VFR clearance.

It’s important to recognize that a pilot is required to maintain two-way communications with the Tower while in the Class D airspace. Therefore, it is important to know the boundaries of a particular Class D.

Generally, the Class D is constructed using a four nautical mile radius around a towered airport and extends up to 2500 feet AGL. However, a given Class D might be tailored to accommodate specific instrument approaches.

Details on the configuration of a specific Class D airspace can be found on sectional charts.”

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