October 2016 Issue

Missing Flight Plan

When ATC loses your flight plan, departing without an IFR clearance only works if the weather cooperates.

Depending on the controller and his/her workload, plus how professional you sound on the radio, ATC may offer to fix the problem immediately. A controller can prompt you for enough information to enter your plan into the system directly, without you needing to chase down someone else on the phone or another frequency to re-file. If you can do it with your cell-connected tablet and an EFB app, try it. Otherwise, youíll have to figure out a way to contact Flight Service and file all over again. Of course, you can depart VFR instead of IFR. If the weather is good, thatís an option, and you can raise Flight Service on the radio once youíre airborne and file, then call ATC for the clearance.

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