Let's say I departed from the airport to fly to the practice area (VFR). However, there is a thick cloud layer between where I am at right now and practice area. I already got a report that practice area is clear and VFR.

To go through the cloud, I need to request IFR to go through the cloud. At this point, can I request pop-up IFR to any waypoint (as a destination) that is in practice area?

Will I be able to cancel that IFR flight right after I go through the cloud and when I am not in IMC?

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to aviation.SE! Which country or regulations are you asking about? $\endgroup$
    – Pondlife
    Commented Jan 18, 2018 at 15:32

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Yes, you can file to a waypoint or navaid and can cancel IFR anytime you want. Whether or not ATC will grant a popup clearance depends on the facility and their workload. In places with a lot of flight training (Florida, Southern California), ATC, in particular the TRACONs, usually grants popups.


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