For filing and opening VFR flight plans, pushing back your ETA because of a delay, and a few more obscure things which you can find in section 4-1-21 of the AIM you would contact Flight Service (addressed as "region Radio" - e.g. "New York Radio" or "Bridgeport Radio")
The universal flight service frequency is 122.2, and above 5000 feet you should be able ...
According to the AIM section 5-1-4, the main reason is search and rescue:
b. It is strongly recommended that a flight plan (for a VFR flight) be
filed with an FAA FSS. This will ensure that you receive VFR Search
and Rescue Protection.
So the question becomes, does search and rescue have value in populated areas? I would say that - excluding large ...
It's in the AIM 5-1-1(f):
When requesting a preflight briefing, identify yourself as a pilot and
provide the following:
Type of flight planned; e.g., VFR or IFR.
Aircraft’s number or pilot’s name.
Route of flight.
ETD and ETE
Personally, I've never given or been asked for the aircraft type ...
First, one small clarification: ATC doesn't offer any services to an aircraft on a VFR flight plan unless you call and request them.
This short Ask ATC video from AOPA has some useful comments:
Controllers don't know anything about your VFR flight plan
VFR flight plans are for search and rescue purposes only
Even if you call ATC and request flight ...
No verification is done. You may file what you will.
This places all the responsibility for airspace incursions on the pilot in command ("PIC") where it belongs.
The only real effect of the VFR flight plan is to engage the Search and Rescue folks if you don't close the flight plan on time, and give them the route you intended to fly when you filed so ...
The biggest thing that comes to mind is that even if somebody saw your aircraft crash (or land off airport), they may not know to respond, or who to contact. A flight plan has aircraft and pilot info attached, including emergency contact.
I'm not sure that the assumption that somebody will see the crash is quite right, but it's certainly more likely than ...
(skyvector.com) Chart Supplement for Redding Municipal Airport.
An example of transmit-only frequency would be a VOR frequency used for a remote communications outlet (RCO). From the example above, 108.4T is a transmit-only frequency using the voice channel of the VOR.
How to use: How do I contact Flight Service while in flight?
Once, in a pinch, I persuaded Phoenix Approach to call my mother-in-law and advise her to meet me at an alternate airport since I would have had to hold for two hours to get into PHX where we'd originally planned to meet. This is definitely not something that ATC does on a regular basis.
Other options include carrying an Iridium handheld satellite phone (...
I imagine that the do receive plenty of training and I belive there was a time where they were "Flight Service Specialists" (this may have changed when LM took over). The FAA offers a great free course through their WINGS program on Flight Briefings and how they work on the other side (from the briefers stand point). I attended it recently and I recall that ...
There is a list of Flight Service Stations in the US Chart Supplement.
The person on the phone is not a meteorologist and does not need to be. Though, just like pilots, they have been trained to be proficient on weather and weather related knowledge.
They provide the weather the same way a pilot can self-brief the weather. They utilize distributed briefings, ...
Because they have an AFIS (aerodrome flight information service), which is similar to a tower, but only provides information, not ATC. This is very common (at least outside the US) at airports which are too small to need ATC, but still too busy to just be uncontrolled. Radio communication is still mandatory, but flights do not receive a clearance and no ...
A tower can only control what it can see, visually or with radar. The traffic in that area is at low altitude and landing or taking off many places that are not the central airport, much is VFR and not inside the space of a class D tower.
My understanding is that it shows the Isobars of atmospheric pressure at around the 18000 foot MSL altitude. It will show pressure gradients, low pressure and high pressure zones of the atmosphere at the altitude that demarcates where 50% of the atmosphere resides below. It’s main purpose is to indicate horizontal and vertical spin of air mass movement due ...
In the past, when run by the feds, the FSS responsible for the destination airport held the responsibility for making phone calls and alerting SAR. So if you wanted to cancel a flight plan, it was essential to determine what FSS your plan needed to be cancelled at. That was established by the destination airport.
My understanding is that providing multiple pieces of information related to your flight plan when communicating is to ensure that the correct flight plan is being manipulated.
It seems odd that it would be required on an electronic format, but what if your N-number is N1234RF and a person closing the flight plan types N1234EF?
There is potential to close ...