VFR On An IFR Clearance

In its quest for flexibility, ATC offers IFR operators some VFR procedures designed to maximize efficiency. But is the juice worth the squeeze?

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Instrument-rated pilots are familiar with visual approaches, which allow them to fly to and land at an airport in good weather without executing what might be a time- and fuel-consuming published procedure. Air traffic control also recognizes other visual clearances, which can allow pilots to shortcut one or another procedure that might otherwise increase risk […]
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