May 2016 Issue

To File, Or Not To File

Itís a CAVU day all along your route. So why are you in the penalty box waiting on your IFR release?

At the beginning of the first leg, one of my pilot-rated passengers expressed surprise that I went to the trouble to plan and file IFR, especially because the weather was so good. But by the end of the day, he seemed convinced I made the right decision to file IFR, not because the weather caved but because it simplified dealing with relatively complex airspace and lots of VFR traffic.

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