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Features February 2014 Issue

ATC’s Side of Special VFR

Reduced weather minimums mean increased restrictions on ATC. Sometimes Special VFR can help you out, but sometimes it gets in the way and means long delays.

The overcast was holding steady at 900 feet. Morning visibility wasn’t faring much better, showing two miles. The airport was IFR and the beacon was lit. The temperature and dew point were dancing in lock-step.

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I was working Ground and Clearance. A deep voice rumbled through my headset. “Clearance, N4173A, requesting Special VFR. I’m just trying to jump back over to Hewitt under that cloud deck. I’m a Cessna 172 and I got information Mike.” …

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