Who contacts the pilot of a plane when it flies in a restricted airspace to warn him and wath does he say normally?

For example in Washington DC... The FAA? The EADS? The control center of an airport?

What is a typical sentence for this kind of thing?

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  • 5 years ago
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    I can only speak for myself, a private pilot with only VFR license, here in Norway.

    First of all, if you ever enter a restricted (controlled) airspace without prior asking permission, you are in very serious trouble and you risk to loose your pilot license. So-called airspace infringement is extremely dangerous.

    Then, if you are in an airspace without asking permission, the radar service will notice you. Three possibilities: You are not transmitting a transponder signal. You are but with an "old" mode Charlie transponder or, with a "new" mode Sierra transponder. If the latter, the controller will know who you are and may even try to contact your operator by phone. But this will be after trying on the frequency(ies) allocated to that airspace and even adjacent frequencies such as a TMA above you or any other frequencies that the controller think you may be monitoring. Perhaps he/she will also try the international distress frequency of 121.50.

    Depending on the type of restricted airspace you may even find yourself surrounded by fighter planes that will force you down to the nearest airfield. I have read about that when, years ago, a GA plane from Sweden crossed the Norwegian border, ignoring all ATC calls. It turned out that the pilot had a malaise and was lost.

  • John R
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    5 years ago

    A VFR pilot that wanders into restricted airspace is probably not talking to anyone - if they are in contact with ATC of any type, even just VFR flight following, ATC would normally warn them and provide a vector to avoid the airspace, even though that is not their responsibility for most VFR traffic (outside of terminal areas, ATC services to VFR traffic are on a time permitting basis - if ATC is busy, their priority is IFR traffic separation).

    What happens depends on the airspace involved and how far the plane enters into it. If it's a momentary incursion that barely crosses the boundary, the pilot may not hear about it until he gets a letter from the FAA. If it's a prolonged incursion into a sensitive area, the first communication may be visual - a military aircraft suddenly showing up on the wingtip of the intruder.

    The penalties are normally civil/administrative, not a criminal sentenced - suspension of the pilot's license and perhaps mandatory retraining. There was a guy that violated the Class B airspace over Philly International a couple of years ago that got a couple of years in jail for endangering airline traffic ( and for flying while drunk).

  • 5 years ago

    The only people able to contact the pilot will be anyone providing flight following services to him/her at that point. Most likely the airport airspace that he is nearest to

    They will tell the pilot what the problem is and give him a course to steer to get out as quickly as possible.

  • 5 years ago

    NOBODY! If you venture into restricted or prohibited airspace, you will see a fighter jet off your wing directing you to land. If you do not land, you are in danger of being shot down. After landing the least of your worries is getting your license suspended or revoked. Besides being guilty of poor preflight preparation, you may be guilty of a felony and go to prison, depending on the airspace you violated.

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