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What stops a pilot from flying VFR and going IFR?

You are confusing VFR, VMC, IFR and IMC. Let’s briefly define the terms before I attempt to answer your question: VFR – Visual Flight Rules. The pilot navigates at will, but must comply with cloud ...
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How can a non-IFR rated pilot fly SVFR?

In order to fly an SVFR clearance, the pilot and planned flight must meet several criteria. The AIM 4-4-6 as well as 14 CFR 91.157 spell out the basic requirements: You must have at least a private ...
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What is the difference between Marginal VFR (MVFR) and Special VFR (SVFR)?

Marginal VFR Straight out of the Aviation Weather Services advisory circular (AC 00-45G with changes 1 and 2): Marginal Visual Flight Rules (MVFR) indicated on the Weather Depiction Chart represents ...
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Which portions of class B and C airspace does CFR 91.157 (special VFR) apply to?

First question: yes. The controlled airspace designated to the surface for an airport is the center core of class B and C airspace, class D airspace, and class E airspace all the way to the surface (...
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What stops a pilot from flying VFR and going IFR?

Without going into the definitions of IFR, VFR, IMC, VMC, which has been so well covered... Pilots CAN and DO fly VFR into IMC all the time. The NTSB actually has statistics on this occurrence. They ...
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Does EASA allow IFR, NVFR or SVFR in gliders?

It's not possible to get IR for any of those. I think EASA now has flying in clouds rating for gliders. For night flying you will need a glider that is certified to do that. I don't know any ...
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In the US, how does the distinction between E2 and E3/E4 airspace affect pilots?

"Caution: as noted in the links below, in actual practice, the distinction between E2 airspace and E3/E4 ("extension") airspace is often ignored by ATC..." In the Center ...
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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?

With these 21 airports, the airspace definitions are written so that the E4 "extensions" change to E2 and become part of a larger E2 "surface area" - which also includes the airspace that was Class D ...
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What stops a pilot from flying VFR and going IFR?

Visual Flight Rules (VFR) and Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) are, as the names imply, two sets of rules that govern how a pilot flies. Assuming you are in controlled airspace, ATC will know which rules ...
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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)?

There are rules. Without going into too much detail... As you probably know, IFR flight requires the pilot to file and receive clearance for their flight plan. If you are already airborne, you are ...
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Why do helicopters crash in low visibility (IMC)?

The only flight rule that will completely eliminate human error is to ban people from flying planes or programming UAVs. More regulations won't solve this. Aviation is already strictly regulated. ...
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What indication has the FAA given that phrases like "surface area of Class E airspace designated for an airport" do or don't include E4 "extensions"?

Here are some indications that the FAA has given that phrases like "surface area of Class E airspace designated for an airport" do include E4 Class-E-to-surface "extensions": In ...
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Do the NPRMs & Final Rules preceding 1993 "alphabet" airspace re-designation indicate that these phrases were meant to exclude Class E "extensions"?

The original reason that the FAA decided to establish (E4) surface-level Class E "extensions" to Class D (or higher) airspace was unambiguously to protect the airspace to the surface, while ...
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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?

The FAA normally interprets the phrase "within the lateral boundaries of" (x airspace) to mean any airspace whose lat-lon coordinates fall within said boundaries, regardless of altitude, from 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?

You can not fly an ultralight there without prior authorization if I am reading 103.17 correctly. The way that I am reading this, it seems that you may not be in controlled airspace around an airport ...
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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)?

Well the flight in question was operating under VFR nor had the pilot filed an IFR flight plan. The flight in question had an off airport destination which would have only allowed for a descent and ...
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In the US, in actual practice, workload permitting, will ARTC facilities grant SVFR clearance for surface-level Class E "extensions" (E4 airspace)?

In the US, in actual practice, will ARTC Centers and Approach Control facilities grant clearance for Special VFR operations in E4 surface-level Class E "extensions"? Some will, and some won'...
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Is the official weather report for an airport in Class D airspace controlling for its Class E surface extension?

FAR 91.155(c) uses the phrase “within the lateral boundaries of controlled airspace designated to the surface for an airport” to describe the airspace where a Special VFR clearance is required to ...
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Is the official weather report for an airport in Class D airspace controlling for its Class E surface extension?

The ATC Orders 7-5-1(a)(4) say: a. SVFR operations in weather conditions less than basic VFR minima are authorized: [...] Only within the lateral boundaries of Class B, Class C, ...
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What is the difference between Marginal VFR (MVFR) and Special VFR (SVFR)?

source: pilotinstitute.com To the right side on this chart is ceilings. No matter the visibility can still be MVFR, IFR or low IFR conditions. SVFR clearance can be given at or above but not below ...
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