VFR Flight Plans

Just discovered another difference between American and Canadian airspace rules. In the states you do not need to file a VFR flight plan regardless of where you are going. In Canada, you must file a VFR flight plan if your destination will be further than 25NM away from your aerodrome of departure.

I also noticed that Americans dont use the term aerodrome.

4 Responses

  1. chephy says:

    “In Canada, you must file a VFR flight plan if your destination will be further than 25NM away from your aerodrome of departure.”
    No, you don’t must. A flight itinerary works just as well.
    A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, and while your attempt to share aviation knowledge is commendable, there is PLAIN WRONG stuff in your notes on this blog, which might cause confusion and ultimately create unsafe situation. You STILL have MF and ATF circuit procedures reversed in one of your posts, for example. If pilots reading this believe you, the fellow aviators are in for some nasty surprises…

  2. Blake says:

    You are right, you can file a flight itinerary instead of a flight plan.
    However, why would you? A flight plan offers way more benefits than a flight itinerary. From a safety point of view a flight plan would be a more prudent choice.
    I will take a look at the MF/ATF post you are talking about.
    I hope you don’t believe everything you read on the internet.

  3. chephy says:

    I wasn’t trying to argue the relative safety merits of the flight plan and flight itinerary. Just because a flight plan is better, it’s not required, that’s all.

  4. chephy says:

    “I hope you don’t believe everything you read on the internet.”
    I think my very comments should be proof enough that I don’t. But that’s a pretty weak excuse to post wrong information.