New flyer here. When you’re requesting departure clearance for a cross-country VFR, do you have to specify the destination airport to the controller, or can you just specify a direction (eg. “VFR to the south”)?
Just say direction of flight.
If they need more info, they'll ask:
N12345: Say destination.
I've almost never heard that, except if they think you might be headed towards weather or a TFR.
Understand you're headed to the south. Be aware of Stadium TFR in effect.
Understand you're headed to the south; have had reports of severe weather in that direction.