Features August 2013 Issue
On Top of The World
Last month we used IFR to VFR-on-top to get out from below a pesky marine layer. But what exactly is VFR-on-top?
There are actually two pieces to this. There’s the clearance to maintain altitude “VFR-on-top” itself, but there is also the variation mentioned in “Tame the Fog Monster” last month, the IFR departure to VFR-on-top. Both are useful tools that deserve a closer look.
Since VFR-on-top is the key piece, we’d better define it. In the simplest form, think of VFR-on-top as clearance requested by you in lieu of a hard altitude, where you can pick your