Filing a Flight Plan

Discussion in 'Flight Following' started by AKBill, Mar 7, 2019.

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Do You File a Flight Plan

  1. I file only for cross country flights

    21 vote(s)
    43.8%
  2. I never file for local flights within 50nm of home base

    10 vote(s)
    20.8%
  3. I file every time I fly

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    4.2%
  4. I file when destination requires an overnight stay

    2 vote(s)
    4.2%
  5. I let folks know were I'm going and when I'll be back so no need to file

    14 vote(s)
    29.2%
  6. I file only when using flight following

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    0.0%
  7. I file a good portion of the time

    4 vote(s)
    8.3%
  8. I only fly IFR..:)

    8 vote(s)
    16.7%
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  1. AKBill

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    Just wondering what the GA population's attitude is in filing a flight plan.

    Personally I did not file a flight plan for local flights and did not give pilot reports for years.
    I changed my mind set a couple of years ago and file flight plans for local flights and give pilot reports often.

    Weather briefings is another area I have changed my habits. For years I would check WX, METARS, and TAF on the internet. Today I check WX on the internet,call a briefer and file flight plans for VFR flights.

    What do you do?
     
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  2. midwestpa24

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    One more option for your poll, I only file IFR.
     
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    Since I earned my IFR ticket 2 years ago, I have only made one non-IFR XC flight that I can remember. My local flights are VFR but are almost all for practice approaches under the hood.
     
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  4. Eric Lehto

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    I never file, but always use flight following on XC
     
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    flydigital Filing Flight Plan

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    IFR majority of time, and yeah, I usually file for those ;) VFR, I prefer flight following and a PLB vs. filing.
     
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    I file as much as practical. About 80% of my flights I'd guess. Mostly VF&R. Keeps the numbers up so they don't take it away from us.
     
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    I only file for IFR or DC/International, I do use flight following if I’m going much over 50nm and I use VFR and IFR frequently as well as a combo between the two, both have advantages and disadvantages and both are tools on my belt which some jobs are better fitted for one vs the other.
     
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    The original "I don't know it all" of aviation.
    File for IFR, and then use Flight Following on all flights in DFW's Bravo. Though in frequency of use, few pilots can beat @SixPapaCharlie shortly after he got his license
     
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    Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't 'file' a Flight Plan with the FAA. When I do, nowadays I usually do it 'via' Foreflite. When I don't, I've done something else that accomplishes the same thing a 'formal' Flight Plan does. That is, if I do go down, they gonna come looking for me. Sometimes I'm going to be flying a route that if I go down there is no way someones not going to see it and dial 911 and say, OMG an airplane just crashed. These are usually sight seeing trips around the city. If there is a chance I may go down where it's not going to be seen, I file. I back that up with giving my route to an FBO I rented an airplane from. I never, I say again never, use that I will request Flight Following as a substitute for a Flight Plan. I said 'request' for a reason. While not common, sometimes when you 'request' Flight Following you don't get it. And sometimes when you do, it gets terminated because of lost of Radar Contact or controller workload. I always call 800WXBRIEF for TFR's, NOTAMS, AIRMETS and SIGMETS.
     
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    Why?
     
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    Why Flight Following on the longer flights?
     
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    You ain't got no choice but to use the equivalent of Flight Following in the Bravo. That be a Bravo Cllearance
     
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    The last time I filed was for Canadian overflight. I do get flight following at various times.
     
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    I usually file but I only open it if I'm refused flight following. I can't see how the flight plan offers any benefit that FF doesn't provide and better.
     
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    I haven't filed a VFR flight plan since my Student XCs in March 2007, but I do use Flight Following almost all the time (but not on my 10.4nm jaunts for fuel).

    I always file flight plans for IFR, and usually file for IFR practice flights. XC travel may be done IFR with a flight plan or VFR with Flight Following, depending upon weather and airspace considerations.

    Whenever I think about it, I give PIREPs.
     
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    Last flight plan was years ago when I was IFR current. I guess never file within 50 is my closest option but I don’t on long XCs also. Fortunately don’t have to do it for work either.

    Strange, both dad and brother are former FSS and my dad will say file and brother never files. Of course my dad is old school, face to face briefing, teletype, DF steer guy. Brother is a check the notams and weather online and go get FF kind of of guy.
     
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    Nit picker.... yes, if you're inside..... but in the context also includes my intended meaning of "in the area of the Bravo space" including under, around, nearby, adjacent to...
     
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    Haven’t filed a VFR flight plan since initial training. I’ll get flight following 99% of the time though.
     
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    None of the above.
     
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    Interesting that this has been brought up and I was thinking about it recently. I'm not an IR pilot and only use FF when flying anywhere. I'm not sure I would be able to easily open the plan once I filed. I recall during training opening the plan on the Radio frequency after listening to the Morse code and then opening the plan. What are the options for opening the VFR plan?

    edit: found this good article... https://thinkaviation.net/open-vfr-flight-plan/
     
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    I haven't filed a flight plan since I added Spidertracks to my plane.
     
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    Wow, never knew something like that was available.
     
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    Don't you have some really high MEA's around your neck of the woods? Do they require oxygen?
     
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    I think this has been covered a gazillion times on here... Are we running out of things to talk about? We need some gabby females to move us forward... (uh oh, I feel a ban looming...)
     
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    Depends on what your expectations are for each. FF is great for traffic advisories and staying on ATC's radar - right up until they cancel due to workload or radar coverage. FP helps set up help if you go down, plus some added stuff, if FF happens to cancel. Belt and suspenders maybe.

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    In the poll, I wonder whether we're talking interstate xc flights, or ones that barely meet the definition.

    I haven't filed a flight plan or used flight following for years.
     
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    :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    Done....:)
     
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    They got run off by a bunch of septuagenarians that lacked any sort of decent upbringing.
     
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    Close. I fly VFR (no flight plans) and IFR, but only file if IFR. :D
     
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    Will not let me change it..:(
     
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    Oh, there is one caveat to that. If/when I fly up the AlCan to Alaska or back down the coast to Bellingham I will be ona VFR flight plan as it's, well, required.
     
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    Hadn't heard of that before. I wanted do the demo but didn't because you have to give your email and phone number. It says it Tracks your flights. Does it initiate SAR if you are overdue?
     
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    I have a license to pick nits. Er, uh, make that certificate. :D
     
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    They used to have a feature called Spiderwatch that made you press a button when you landed or an alert went out automatically. I opted out of that very quickly. I have mine set up to automatically send texts to my wife and kid whenever I take off and land. I pick the speeds that trigger the messages. They can click on the iPhone app and see a satellite view of where I am. If it's someplace that looks airplane friendly they know. If it isn't? They'll call RCC and provide the info. That's better than a flight plan to me. My Spider info link is listed on my ELT registration. In Alaska we can include SPOT, Inreach, or Spidertracks links on a flight plan. Is that done down south, too?

    My wife is a big fan of Spidertracks. My kid? She can interpret the track info very well. I've been scolded a few times for scud running. She can see the picking and dodging on the track. :)

    Rachel left Spidertracks several years ago but this video is still a pretty good primer on the system.
     
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    Nice...
     
  39. James331

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    For longer VFR stuff, for the extra set of eyes, for airspace and also because it something to do on a longer leg, plus if I need to pull a IFR they it’s easier.
     
  40. midwestpa24

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    Yeah, that's what I meant as well. If I am VFR, I will use flight following but don't bother filing.