canceling IFR

canceling IFR

An expression used by a pilot when flying IFR (instrument flight rules) to change the rules of flight, as specified on the flight plan or itinerary, from IFR to VFR (visual flight rules). This results in ATC's (air traffic control's) discontinuing the provision of IFR separation but does not automatically close the flight plan or itinerary.
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Since I was still IFR and on a vector, I couldn't just go zooming around out here, looking for the airport, without canceling IFR.
I was in IMC for maybe five minutes before breaking out and canceling IFR.
If canceling IFR and still in Class E airspace, you need to remain 500 feet below the clouds with 3 miles of visibility until reaching Class G airspace, if any.
You might have minimized that possibility by canceling IFR with a Class B clearance request: "If you can give me a Class Bravo clearance, I can cancel IFR.
And pilots have been violated for canceling IFR with approach while inside the confines of Class D airspace but before they were handed off to the tower--suddenly the pilot is in Class D airspace without permission to be there.