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NOTE: If you fail to activate your VFR flight plan after departing from a civil field, an arrival notice will not be
sent to destination FSS. Therefore FSS, and the field you are inbound to, will not be notified. If you are forced
down enroute (dual engine failure, uncontrolled fire, lost, etc.) no one will initiate a SAR response. Additionally, if
you arrive at a military field without prior notification, particularly an Air Force Base, you may be refused landing
or suffer other indignities.
Have the CP set power as required to obtain desired performance. Complete the Cruise Checklist if operating
above 10,000' or if the leg is planned to exceed one hour. Fuel checks are required every 30 minutes on
cross-country flights. Ensure groundspeed is computed accurately. Many pilots find it handy to carry a
stopwatch for this function. Do not sacrifice navigation duties while performing computations. Utilize the
pilot's clock to time between individual checkpoints and CP clock to time the entire leg between turnpoints.
Have the CP overfly particular visual ground points to stay on course. It often is more effective when
navigating over land to direct the CP to fly over a distant visual surface point rather than flying an assigned
heading. Keep the CP informed of what landmark you are looking for next. The CP will call out the point if
it is sighted. Ensure your weather forecast is updated at least once enroute, if possible.
Enroute, most pilots find it useful to use VHF as primary since it is faster to tune, has preset capability, and
often offers clearer reception. Monitor UHF Guard at all times.
If possible, update altimeter setting enroute. Attempt to keep the altimeter set to a reading obtained within
100 miles of the aircraft position.
VFR Position Report.
Civil aircraft are not required to file VFR flight plans or make position reports. It is however, your
insurance policy in case of trouble enroute and is required by the military. As a general rule, position
reports should be made to FSS at least every hour or 200 miles.
The format can be found on the Supplement back cover. A typical position report might be: "San Angelo
Radio, NAVY 1 GOLF 411, on 122.35, position, over." "This is San Angelo Radio, go ahead." "Roger,
NAVY 1 GOLF 411 was over Port Mansfield at 1817 Zulu, 3500, VFR to Navy Corpus." This would also
be a handy time to request the latest weather. Remember, each reporting station normally sends out a new
weather report by teletype at approximately 55 minutes past each hour. It also is helpful to FSS if you give
a PIREP, especially if the weather is different than forecast.
Airspace Transitions.
Utilize Center or Approach to provide traffic advisories if feasible. Avoid prohibited and restricted areas.
Utilize vigilance when operating in or around alert areas, MOAs, IR/VR routes, or airports. Contact is
required prior to transiting the following (review the FAM section for additional information):
Class D - Operating control tower; within 5 SM of the airport center, below 2500' AGL. After initial
contact, a typical call might be "Orange Grove Tower, NAVY 1 GOLF 411 is 10 miles southeast, request
transit through the Class D, northwest at 2500'."
Class D - The following is provided for information only as SVFR is not authorized in the T-44 aircraft. If
weather is 3000 - 3 or better, no contact required, however, traffic advisory calls always make good sense.
If the Class D is IFR do not penetrate the boundary without clearance. It normally is best to request an IFR
clearance for an approach. If operational necessity dictates otherwise (unable to climb VFR to the
minimum IFR altitude in order to receive clearance, low on fuel, equipment failure, etc.), request a special
VFR (SVFR) clearance. If the Class D is not depicted with TTTT markings (no SVFR for fixed wing), and
no IFR traffic is inbound, the controlling facility may issue a SVFR clearance. After initial contact, a
typical request might be "Houston Center, NAVY 1 GOLF 411 is 10 miles south of Victoria at 800, request
special VFR into the Victoria control zone." "NAVY 1 GOLF 411 you are cleared into the Victoria control
zone, report landing on this frequency or Montgomery Radio, 122.2."
Class B - Always required. Mode C required within 30 NM. It is highly recommended that the Class B
sectional chart for the particular airport be utilized for navigation. Some Class B airspaces have VFR
overflight corridors and transit frequencies. Any penetration of the Class B without clearance will result in

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