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I was flying southbound in the Los Angeles basin in mid‑July 2017 when I heard a VFR pilot trying to get a shortcut through the Los Angeles Class Bravo airspace.

SoCal: “NXXXXX how do you plan to navigate the LA Bravo airspace?”

Pilot: “SoCal I’d like to go through the Bravo, LAX direct Brown Field.”

SoCal: “NXXXXX are you familiar with the VFR transitions through the Bravo airspace?”

Pilot: “Yes, but I’d like LAX direct Brown.”

SoCal: “NXXXXX there are multiple ways through the LAX Bravo but LAX direct Brown is not one of them.”

A few minutes later, I heard the same pilot in San Diego asking for a direct transition through Bravo to Brown Field. They asked if he was familiar with the VFR transitions and he replied yes but he didn’t have any of the information with him. They gave him routing direct.

Juergen Stark
San Diego, CA

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