What to do when you’re flying over an active airport?

First post on the forums so sorry if I’m doing it wrong, or if this topic has already been discussed.

I was wondering what the proper ATC interaction is when you’re flying over an airport with active atc. I’ve done some research but couldn’t find anything. Could anybody point me in the right direction? Thanks!

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Ask for a transition, via Tower.

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Over 10k do nothing , below that request transition


Hey Rowdy,

If you are within 5 miles of the airspace and are at or below 5,000 feet, you request a transition.

If you are above that, you do…nothing :)



Awesome! Thanks everyone!

I should note here a trend which I’ve seen which is not what you need to do, but is done quite a bit (5000 feet AGL, request transition answers your original question):

If you’re overflying an active airport at cruise, you don’t need to do anything. You’re not in their airspace.

Recently, I’ve had a lot of pilots cruising overhead above FL300 tune into Approach or departure and request flight following to a destination thousands of miles away.

This is not necessary. Again, you’re well above the facilities’ airspace, which only extends up to FL180, so you can just keep going by without tuning in.


Yeah I agree, I didn’t realize that airport airspace only extends to a certain altitude. We all learn something new every day. Thanks for the information!

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