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KVNY – Ask Clearance or Not Ask Clearance, that is the question

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Simply, KVNY strictly speaking is Class D, and I wouldn't believe requires departure. However, it's under the shelf, and butts right up against the west side of KBUR Class C. For departures heading south, west, or north, I can understand there might be no need, as ATC instructed me. But eastbound you would transition into the Class C, unless you went the long way around.

So ask or not? KVNY has a CLNC DEL frequency, so perhaps I'm wrong to presume I must use it.

Thanks.

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  1. Kris Kortokrax on Mar 08, 2015

    First, you don’t get a clearance into or through class C airspace. You just need to establish two way radio communication. Once you are airborne, you could just ask VNY tower for a frequency change to contact SOCAL approach.

    Or, you could call Clearance Delivery and tell them you are going to be VFR eastbound after takeoff and give them your altitude. They could give you a squawk code and frequency, as well as any altitude requirements. This would be a better alternative.

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