Are VFR cruising altitudes mandatory?
We must emphasize that the requirement to comply with the VFR cruising altitudes only applies to those VFR flights conducted higher than 3,000 feet above ground level (agl). Below 3,000 feet agl, other VFR or IFR aircraft could be at any altitude that potentially may conflict with your flight path.
What are VFR cruising altitudes?
VFR cruising altitude rules in the US and Canada
On a magnetic course of 0-179 degrees shall fly at an odd thousand ft MSL altitude +500 feet (e.g., 3,500, 5,500, or 7,500 ft); or. On a magnetic course of 180-359 degrees shall fly at an even thousand ft MSL altitude +500 feet (e.g., 4,500, 6,500, or 8,500 ft).
Which VFR cruising altitude is appropriate when flying above 3000?
Which VFR cruising altitude is appropriate when flying above 3,000 ft AGL on a magnetic course of 185? odd thousand plus 500 ft altitude while on a magnetic course of 0-179.
What altitudes should you use when operating under VFR in level cruising flight?
VFR-ON-TOP CRUISING LEVELS FOR YOUR DIRECTION OF FLIGHT ARE: more than 3,000 feet above the surface to FL 180: ODD/EVEN ALTITUDES/FLIGHT LEVELS PLUS FIVE HUNDRED FEET.
Do airlines ever fly VFR?
Generally the airlines operating procedures will only permit IFR operation. Occasionally non-revenue flights for aircraft positioning etc, will operate VFR for expediency. As far as I know, the size of the aircraft does not matter much. You just cannot plan airline flights (carrying passengers) in VFR.
What does squawk 7777 mean?
According to the AIM 4-1-20(e): Under no circumstances should a pilot of a civil aircraft operate the transponder on Code 7777. This code is reserved for military interceptor operations.
Can a VFR pilot file IFR?
A VFR pilot can file whatever he wants, but filing ifr as a vfr pilot sounds like a great way to end up killing yourself. ATC will give him an IFR clearance too if he files for it, ATC doesn’t check to make sure pilots have their ifr ticket.
How high can a private pilot fly?
Private pilots who do have an instrument rating, however, are allowed to fly in Class A, but they cannot exceed 18,000 feet in altitude. Perhaps most importantly, private pilots can break the fifty-mile radius of their takeoff point—a major restriction on recreational pilots.
Can a VFR pilot fly above clouds?
“The short answer is yes. You may legally fly on top as long as you can maintain the appropriate VFR cloud clearances. The only regulatory restriction is that student pilots are not allowed to fly above a cloud layer without ground reference.
Do you need your log book when flying solo?
You don’t have to have your logbook with you, but you DO need to carry with you required endorsements for what you are doing. Be that a log book, or on some other scrap of paper or napkin your CFI wrote them on. When under solo, you are endorsed every 90 days, and you can not fly solo without that endorsement.
Are cruising altitudes magnetic or true?
Magnetic course is to be used in determining the cruise altitude. (2) On a magnetic course of 180 degrees through 359 degrees, any even thousand foot MSL altitude + 500 feet (such as 4,500, 6,500, or 8,500). The same is true for IFR flight: magnetic course determines IFR cruising altitudes.
How do I choose a cruising altitude?
According to FAR 91.159, if you’re more than 3,000 AGL, you need to be flying an odd-thousand MSL altitude +500 feet on a magnetic course of 0-179. And if you’re flying a magnetic course of 180-359, you should fly an even-thousand altitude +500 feet.
What is the lowest altitude a plane can fly?
The Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 91.119 indicates that, except when necessary for departure or landing, the minimum altitude over urban areas is 1,000 feet above ground level (AGL) and 500 feet AGL over rural areas.
What is the lowest altitude you can legally fly over a congested area?
91.119 Minimum safe altitudes; general
(b) Over congested areas – Over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open-air assembly of persons, an altitude of 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2,000 feet of the aircraft.
What are flight minimums?
Minimums is the lowest altitude a pilot can descend to on an instrument approach for landing as well as the minimum reported visibility required on the ground in order to begin the approach. Minimums will vary with the type of approach, terrain and obstacles (buildings, towers etc) in the immediate airport area.