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Entry into class D under class B airspace

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Hello,  I am a low time private pilot (VFR).   Most of my training occurred in class G & E airspace with limited training in class C and D.  

Later this spring I plan on making a trip from Sanford ME (KSFM) down to Beverly MA (KBVY).  KBVY is in class D airspace up to 2600' and underlies the Boston Class B which is 3000' to 7000' above KBVY.    If I were to fly in from the north at 2500'  would I still need to contact Boston Approach to get clearance into the Bravo airspace at the 20nm ring or could I just contact the KBVY tower at 10 miles for clearance directly into their class D airspace since I'm under the 3000' shelf?     

Without the experience of knowing, I'd probably contact BOS and have them tell me I didn't need to, rather than not contact them and find out I should have.  

Picture of KBVY airspace


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  1. Kris Kortokrax on Mar 16, 2014

    Don’t bother with Boston approach. I routinely fly under O’Hare’s Class B and don’t call approach. If I need to go through the Class B, I just call the tower (helicopters operate differently).

    As you noted, Class B begins at 3,000 and you will be at 2,500. Just contact the tower. (Technically, they don’t clear you into their airspace. You just need two way radio communication to enter).

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  2. Brian on Mar 16, 2014

    You only need bravo clearance to enter bravo. If you’re at 2999 or 7001 you do not need a clearance for that area. You only need a bravo clearance if you plan to enter the airspace, which means flying both within lateral and vertical limits.

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  3. Peter Wilson on Mar 18, 2014

    As you are flying into Beverly ( KBVY ) which is Class D airspace up to 2500ft. Boston Class B Floor is 3000ft. You do not have to contact Boston Approach. You just have to Esteblish Contact with Beverly tower, after tuning ATIS for airfield info, about 10-15 miles out announcing intentions to land there.

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  4. Peter Wilson on Mar 18, 2014

    You are flying into Beverly ( KBVY ) which is Class D airspace up to 2600ft.
    After tuning ATIS for airfield Info, Contact Beverly tower when about 10-15 miles out, estebilish communications of your intention to land there. You do not have to contact Boston Approach as the Class B floor is 3000ft.,

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  5. James Hetfield on Mar 18, 2014

    Gents, Thanks for the replies. Much Appreciated!

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