Once the pilot was on top but still shaken, the controller directed him to a VFR airport
where he landed.
Second, I learned that foggy winter days in eastern Washington and Oregon can turn a VFR airport
IFR very quickly.
There are many common scenarios that I encounter regularly as an approach controller, such as flight school aircraft who departed a marginal VFR airport
on a training flight and return to find their home base went IMC.
Suppose Center found you a VFR airport
that was right at the edge of your normal range, given your remaining fuel.
I shut it down immediately, and, lacking instruments in instrument conditions, did what the FAA tells us all to do: turned 180 degrees and flew myself back to the marginal VFR airport
I came out of.
If the VOR went out of service you would lose all the procedures, resulting in a VFR airport
. Having an alternate missed approach solves this problem.
Punching into a busy non-towered VFR airport
on a sunny Saturday afternoon can be a real challenge for the IFR pilot.
In the case of our single-runway, VFR airport
, the GPS will reference the runway's midpoint.
Make certain that you can maintain VFR until you receive your clearance and, as a fall-back, have a VFR airport
chosen to land at should you not be able to pick up your clearance.
While en route on an IFR flight plan, the pilot told ATC he had "engine problems" and needed "the next VFR airport
." Subsequently, the controller asked the pilot if he needed to climb, and the pilot replied he needed to descend "right away to get a warmer temperature." The controller then cleared the pilot to descend to 11,000 feet, which was acknowledged, and followed by issuing a clearance to 7000 feet.
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Shooting an ILS to to save a few bucks may not make much sense if VFR airports
nearby compete on fuel prices.