Questions tagged [special-vfr]

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 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 ...