File IFR or VFR if picking up IFR in the Air

File IFR or VFR if picking up IFR in the Air

Postby MitLogue1 » Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:33 pm

If I am going to depart a non towered airport VFR but am going to pick up an IFR clearance in the air. Should I file as IFR or VFR? Or does it matter?
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Re: File IFR or VFR if picking up IFR in the Air

Postby rtataryn » Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:31 pm

IFR
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Re: File IFR or VFR if picking up IFR in the Air

Postby MitLogue1 » Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:54 pm

rtataryn wrote:IFR


Ok. Thank you. Just wanted to clarify.
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Re: File IFR or VFR if picking up IFR in the Air

Postby Keith Smith » Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:13 am

MitLogue1 wrote:If I am going to depart a non towered airport VFR but am going to pick up an IFR clearance in the air. Should I file as IFR or VFR? Or does it matter?


It matters a great deal. When you file a flight plan, it is filed with Flight Service.

IFR flight plans are forwarded from Flight Service to the ARTCC (aka "the center') from which the flight will depart. VFR flight plans are not forwarded at all.

So, if you file VFR and then call in the air (or on the ground) to pick up your clearance, ATC won't have the foggiest idea what you're talking about.
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