Operating Hours and Service Area
PilotEdge ATC service is provided 8am – 11pm Pacific, 7 days a week.
Exceptions for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year will be posted as news items as each holiday draws near.
ATC will not be provided on November 26, 2015, and December 25, 2015. ATC services will be suspended after 9pm PDT on December 31, 2015. Normal operations will resume January 1, 2016.
The PilotEdge network and radio system is available 24/7. This means you can fly any time by yourself or with other pilots. The 500+ drone aircraft in Class E/G airspace are flying around 24/7, too.
ATC Coverage Area
PilotEdge covers about half of California, much of Nevada, and portions of Arizona & Utah. We have also added San Francisco International (SFO) to the coverage area, allowing longer flights between SFO and the main coverage area.
In total, we have 4 class Bravo airports (SFO, LAX, SAN, LAS), 6 class Charlie airports, and 30 class Delta airports. With 40 towered and hundreds of non-towered options, there’s no shortage of airspace!
Here’s a map illustrating PilotEdge’s total coverage area, with towered airports marked.
– Class B airport
– Class C airport
– Class D airport
Why not cover the whole country?
PilotEdge provides ATC service in a limited geographic area. This is by design. We believe that the system provides its greatest value when traffic density is relatively high. This results in users having other pilots to hear on the radio, and other aircraft to see out the window.
If we set out to provide ATC across the entire country, vast expanses of the airspace would have too few aircraft flying in any given location to make it useful for training or maintaining proficiency.
Expansion of the coverage area will only occur if we can maintain reasonable traffic density in all areas of coverage, old and new.
We absolutely understand the urge to fly and train “locally,” but the reality is that instrument procedures are the same all over the country. Additionally, it’s valuable to practice in less familiar areas. If your real-world currency regimen consists of shooting the same six approaches every session (approaches that you can recall entirely from memory), then you will likely benefit from trying new approaches in a new area.
The Los Angeles ARTCC features some of the most challenging airspace (and interesting and varied terrain) in the U.S. No matter what kind of flying you like to do, or what kind of instrument procedure you want to practice, chances are good you’ll find it in Socal.
Sectional charts, IFR charts, and approach plates for the entire country are available online for free, so it’s easy to shift your online flying to another part of the country.