FLIGHT TRAINING PUBLICATION (FLIP) STUDENT GUIDE
204. AREA PLANNING 1B
Military Training Routes (MTRs)
This publication is unique to the North and South American region. It contains information
relative to military routes, including IFR Military Training Routes (IR), VFR Military Training
Routes (VR), Slow Speed Low Altitude Training Routes (SR), and Air Refueling
Tracks/Anchors (AR). Charts containing graphic depictions of the IR \TR and SR route systems
throughout the United States are also published. In this course we will only look at the VR routes
section of AP/1B.
IRs and VRs are developed by the DOD to provide for military operational and training
requirements that cannot be met under the terms of FAR 91.117 (Aircraft Speed). Accordingly,
the FAA has issued a waiver to DOD to permit operation of an aircraft below 10,000 feet MSL
in excess of 250 knots indicated airspeed along DOD developed and published IFR and VFR
routes. VRs with no altitude segments above 1500 feet AGL are assigned a 4-digit, vice a 3-digit
identifier (e.g., VR-1 021).
VT- 10/4 uses VRs for low-level visual navigation training. NAV/NFOs assigned to the Strike
pipeline will fly IRs at VT-86 for radar navigation training. A summary of operating parameters
for VRs follows.
Scheduling and Coordination
Routes shall not be flown unless scheduled through the designated originating/scheduling
activity listed in the route description. The VT -10/4 Operations Department will coordinate the
scheduling for all VR routes.
The scheduling activity shall advise the user of any special operating procedures or
constraints not included in the route description. Examples of briefing items include noise
sensitive areas, unpublished obstructions or airports, bird activity, route suspension due to air
search, forest fires, etc.
The scheduling activity shall confirm all planned route usage (generated by both local and
transient users) with the tie in FSS on a daily basis. This shall include route designator, time
period, and altitudes (if other than published altitudes).
Operations to and from VRs should be conducted on an IFR flight plan. Pilots operating on an
IFR flight to a VR shall file to the fix/radial/distance (FRD) of their chosen entry point. Pilots
transitioning to IFR upon exiting a VR shall file the FRD of the chosen exit point. These will be
explained in more detail in your VNAV class.
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