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Is it common for ATC to issue traffic advisories in relation to an "intersection" during VFR flight following?

I'm a student pilot working on my PPL and I just did my first solo cross country earlier today. While I was on flight following I received a call from approach that sounded like "N123 traffic 4 ...
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When on VFR flight following into a Class C airport, is it typical to cancel before arriving (as with Class D and uncontrolled airports)?

student pilot here getting close to my PPL checkride. I've flown with flight following into and out of Class D airports before, including on my solo XCs. Every time I've gotten flight following, I've ...
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If I am on flight following, do I have to be direct to my destination? [duplicate]

Can I ask for VFR flight following with waypoints to get to my destination, or does it have to be direct? (Heading changes needed to avoid sua, weather, etc.)
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Can an aircraft flying VFR with a squawk code enter adjacent class C or D airspace after being handed over to the destination tower? [duplicate]

In the US, a VFR aircraft request VFR flight following and is given a squawk code after takeoff. 15nm before arriving at it's destination class D airport, the TRACON facility instructs the pilot to &...
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Can you receive traffic advisories without a specific destination or intention?

I’m wondering if it is possible to call up the local approach facility and ask them for flight following even if you are just doing sightseeing or something. Do you need to tell them your intended ...
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Can "Center" provide VFR flight following?

Whenever I've requested VFR flight following, I've always requested it from So Cal Approach/Departure because I'm usually flying within their reach. If I'm flying outside the reach of So Cal Approach ...
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Where is flight following available?

What local facilities are required for me to get flight following services? It seems that if I'm 100 miles from any control tower then I won't be able to get flight following. How close does a ...
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What is the proper procedure to change VFR altitude when changing heading from east to west?

When you fly from west to east, sometimes your route heads west to avoid obstacles or to clear class B or C airspace. According to hemispheric rule, let's pretend I selected 7500 feet for VFR to the ...
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On a flight with short stops, do you terminate flight following at each stop?

On a cross-country trip, is it normal to terminate FF at each stop and reacquire it (potentially just a few minutes later) for the next leg, or would ATC prefer that you advise them it'll be a short ...
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What is the process for requesting flight following in Canada?

In US, the process to get flight following is pretty straightforward. You call the approach/center frequency, request a flight following and you get it. On a recent flight originating from a Canadian ...
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Is Flight Following in the USA directly equivalent to Basic Service in the UK?

This is partially a question on terminology, I have flown in the USA and used a service which is commonly referred to as "Flight Following". I have read this question: Is there a European equivalent ...
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Can I request VFR flight following in a practice area and without a flight plan?

Can you request VFR flight following for your local non towered practice area? Can you have flight following without filing a flight plan? Can you also receive FF when flying low (800 AGL) locally ...
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How should I request flight following when I'm not taking a direct route to my destination?

I want to plan a flight from KMSN - KDAY. My plan avoids the ORD airspace as much as possible, so something like: KMSN - JVL - KARR - JOT - EON - KRZL - OKK - MIE - KDAY What would be the ...
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How should I establish initial contact with ATC after being handed off by another controller?

What is the proper way to contact a new air traffic control facility after you have be instructed to do so by the controller you are currently interacting with? As a practical example: Here in ...
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Does a pilot have to request altitude changes when receiving flight following?

Let's say that during a VFR flight the pilot requests flight following from ATC, giving information about the aircraft type, type of equipment, destination and cruise altitude. ATC responds by giving ...
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