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Features December 2013 Issue

Pop-up Clearances

Weatherís gone to pot? No IFR flight plan on file? Donít worry. ATC can usually work with you on the fly. But, you must take care of yourself until they can take care of you.

The pilot wasnít having much luck on his flight review. As he and his instructor were about to depart, the airport weather went from a manageable SCT006 to BKN006, requiring an IFR clearance. Since they had planned to depart VFR, they didnít file an IFR flight plan. To top it off, the part-time tower was closed.

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