Planning versus Flying

Were well familiar with the alternate planning requirements of the regulations on IFR flight, including the need for fuel. But we get flummoxed when we apply them to the flight.

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You are planning an IFR flight. Its a route you have flown many times before. You always file direct and most of the time the cooperative controllers give it to you. So you again file direct, toss in a nearby Class B or C as an alternate, and calculate your fuel requirements for a flight to the alternate. Youve met your obligations under 14 CFR 91.167 and 91.169. Or have you?
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