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I am having fun learning about some of the technical aspects of aviation. (One thing I have been learning is that aviation is for solid, non-neurotic, practical, calm people with good mental clarity. There are surely personality types which are not suited for aviation.)
I was confused about the definitions of Classes A to E airspaces. Here are the definitions.
Your picture of the small sized floatplane reminded me of an event I witnessed somewhere up in the Puget Sound. Standing on the bluff overlooking a small very private cove (only 2 houses and 2 small wharfs). I watched as a man and woman (aged about 35) came out of the other house, got into their floatplane and started out of the cove on the surface of the water. I heard them accelerate in their attempt to take off. Then suddenly the bird stopped, they shut down the motor and both of them climbed out onto the skis of the boat (Pontoons). Flipping open the tops of the engine they both leaned over under the tops and "fiddled around". Then they shut the covers of the engine, climbed back in and hit the accelerator again. Got airborne this time ! Sheesh !
Possibly the oil pressure indicator light came on;
So, shut down the engine, check oil level, add oil, restart engine.
But I'm just speculating.
One important mental trait of pilots is the ability to visualize in your mind, where you are relative to the various airspaces, and to visualize and keep track of where other airplanes are, based upon their pilots' verbal description of where they are.
Every radio transmission starts with
who you are calling : "Bridgeport Tower"
the aircraft type and (registration)ID number: "Cessna Citation N123X"
where you are, what you're planning to do: "Two miles.. Final Runway 29..1100(feet above sea level)... touch and go" (pilot will touchdown, then take-off again).
Can you visualize where they are, where they're going?
Looks like you're taking flying lessons.
The wiki looks at it from the top down. It may be easier from the bottom up; see this article for a different view.
The alphabet airspace is about levels of ATC service. FAA has tried very hard to make it fit with a system that had different nomenclature until 1992.