There is now a NEW Class D Airspace adjacent to the LAX airspace extending the controlled space LAX has. Class D requires two way communication, and KLAX controls this new Class D. Two way communication is the tower reading back your aircraft tail number giving you permission to fly into these new areas. It is important to note that this does not allow you to fly into the Class B until your hear “Clear into the Los Angeles Class B Airspace.”
LAX Class D Airspace Activation
Beginning June 28 2012, LAX Class D airspace is activated north and south of LAX airport. This Class D airspace is adjacent to LAX Class B airspace and SMO Class D airspace. South of LAX, the Class D is adjacent to HHR class D airspace. Due to the close proximity of these multiple regulated airspaces, pilots are urged to use caution and contact the proper control tower to gain access to the requested airspace.
Pilots are reminded to remain clear of LAX Class B at all times unless given specific clearance by LAX tower to enter. You must hear the transmission; “cleared into/thru” Class B airspace prior to entering. If you are unsure, verify your clearance with the controller prior to entering the airspace.
To gain entry into LAX Class D or Class B, contact LAX tower on frequency 119.8 to establish communications. Pilots should be familiar with Class D and Class B airspace by referring to local navigational charts. Also, pilots should refer to the A.I.M. for information dealing with the above mentioned airspace.
Operationally, this new change is interesting as it prohibits any aircraft from loitering around that area without permission. They shut off the “Class E” area as seen in the lower charts. On the South side you can operate between 2501′ and 5,000 without talking to anyone, therefor a pilot can fly in, get the clearance then descend to the lower altitudes which include the Class D the pilot wants to pass through. On the North side you can see the airspace as an important factor when you come from the Northeast to allow KLAX tower time to manage your transition.
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