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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. [IMGCAP(1)] 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…

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