Second, a briefer is required to state if VFR flight
is not recommended.
Elim Hawkins "VFR Flight
Following" in the November issue seems to imply that flight following (Radar Traffic Information Service) includes clearance through Class Bravo airspace.
There are "rules of the road" for VFR flight
, but, in contrast to the rules for driving on roadways, most of these rules are advisory and following them is not mandatory.
Pilots have shown impairment in their ability to fly an ILS approach or to fly IFR and even to perform routine VFR flight
tasks while under the influence of alcohol, regardless of individual flying experience.
The ability to switch between IFR and VFR flight
data allows pilots to easily transition to the flight information needed while flying under both instrument and visual flight rule conditions.
The GEN3 tracking mode can interface with Lockheed Martin Flight Services' Surveillance-Enhanced Search and Rescue to trigger alerts when a VFR flight
is overdue at the destination by 30 minutes.
He said a Dash 8 aircraft on a VFR flight
plan was a few thousand below our altitude at 11 o clock, and they were headed straight for us.
If you're making a VFR flight
from Asia to Australia, your accuracy doesn't have to be that great as long as you're heading in the fight direction.
Whereas the fatality rate of other GA accidents that did not involve weather related accidents was 18%, 75% of all VFR flight
into IMC accidents in the same 8-year period was fatal (Goh & Wiegmann, 2001).
Aircraft accidents involving VFR flight
into IMC tend to be associated with pilots who are authorized to fly solely within visual meteorological conditions (VMC).
Obviously, if conditions or your own preferences lead you to an IFR flight, VFR flight
following isn't your concern.