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Special VFR -- used to clear VFR flights through controlled airspace in conditions that are below normal VFR minima, but above Special VFR minima.

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In reference to airspace, what does the FAA mean by “within the lateral boundaries of”? Is this construed to also imply a vertical limit?

Several FARs use the phrase "within the lateral boundaries of" (x airspace). What does the FAA interpret this phrase to mean? Specifically, what is the vertical extent of the airspace encompassed by ...
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What indications has the FAA given that phrases like “surface area of Class E airspace designated for an airport” do or don't include E4 “extensions”?

The dashed magenta shape on the sectional chart around KGUP depicts the horizontal extent of the Class-E-to-surface at KGUP. Inside this perimeter, Class E airspace extends all the way down to the ...
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At what altitude, if any, may an ultralight overfly the Gallup airport (KGUP) with no prior authorization without violating FAR 103.17?

At what altitude, if any, may an ultralight overfly the Gallup, New Mexico airport (KGUP) with no prior authorization without violating FAR 103.17? This is a question about the meaning of "within ...
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Why are there no emergency flight rules in place to prevent IFR-certified helicopters, operating under special VFR, crashing in low visibility (IMC)? [closed]

In modern times, engineering allows humans to do everything: Drive in fast cars or trains, diving into the deep sea, and even going to space. Which is a great thing indeed. But when it comes to ...
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Why do helicopters crash in low visibility (IMC)? [closed]

There are no known direct eyewitnesses of the crash of helicopter flight Sikorsky S-76B N72EX with 9 people on board, including Kobe Bryant. However, there are many earwitnesses who heard the ...
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What stops a pilot from flying VFR and going IFR?

Even if the pilot is instrument rated, what stops them from doing it anyway? I’d imagine in certain situations where danger is approaching, it may be best to switch to IFR, it can’t be that hard to ...
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In the US, how does the distinction between E2 and E3/E4 airspace affect pilots?

In the US, practically speaking, how does the distinction between the E2 and E3/E4 subtypes of Class E airspace affect pilots?
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What are all the US airports where E4 “extensions” change to E2 and become part of a larger E2 “surface area” when the tower closes for the night?

Of all the US airports with part-time control towers and with E4 "extensions", in which cases are the airspace definitions written so that the E4 "extensions" change to E2 and become part of a larger ...
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In the US, is there much variation among the various ARTC Centers as to where a SVFR clearance may be granted?

In the US, is there much variation among the practices followed by the various ARTC Centers and Approach Control facilities as to where a Special VFR clearance may be granted?
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In actual practice, do ARTC Center personnel generally follow the rule that a SVFR clearance may be granted in E2 airspace but not E4 airspace? (US)

In actual practice, in the US, do ARTC Center personnel generally follow the rule that a SVFR clearance may be granted in E2 airspace ("surface areas designated for an airport") but not E4 airspace ("...
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Is the official weather report for an airport in Class D airspace controlling for its Class E surface extension?

If the official weather report for an airport for which Class D airspace is designated is showing IMC, is that controlling for a Class E surface extension (designated for that airport)? For example, ...
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Does EASA allow IFR, NVFR or SVFR in gliders?

Is it legally possible in Europe to get clearances for IFR, night VFR or special VFR while flying gliders? Specifically, I'm interested in sailplanes, powered sailplanes and ultralight sailplanes (...
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How can a non-IFR rated pilot fly SVFR?

Carrying on from "Why does flying IFR require a rating?" How can a non-IFR rated pilot file and fly SVFR without visual contact with the horizon? For the U.S., Wikipedia says 1 mile visibility is the ...
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What is the difference between Marginal VFR (MVFR) and Special VFR (SVFR)?

I would like to know the difference between marginal VFR (MVFR) and Special VFR (SVFR), particularly when flying in the US airspace. What does each of them mean exactly?
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What is Special VFR? Why would a pilot request it? [duplicate]

I have heard about Special VFR many times but never understood this concept. What is it and when is it used?
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How often do people fly SVFR?

I was going over Special Visual Flight Rules (SVFR) with my instructor recently and he told me that he has only requested it a few times, and that it is mainly used if you are flying from ...
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Can an airplane on an SVFR clearance land when visibility is less than 1 mile?

Let's say I'm on an SVFR clearance and the flight and reported ground visibility deteriorates less than 1 mile, what happens?
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Can Approach cancel my special VFR clearance if I'm already cleared?

Say I have requested a special VFR to enter Class D airspace. Approach acknowledges and clears me into the Class D airspace. After entering the Class D airspace the airport visibility drops < 1 ...
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To receive an SVFR clearance, does the airport need to be reporting IFR conditions?

If conditions at a towered airport are not IFR, can pilots request a special VFR clearance? For example, at a Class D airport, ceiling 1300 broken, 10 sm visibility is technically too low to remain in ...