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

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

Use this tag for all questions related to Special Visual Flight Rules (SVFR) clearances, whether issued to fixed-wing or rotary-wing aircraft. SVFR can only be issued in controlled airspace upon request of the PIC of the flight, and is normally used in terminal areas where slow-flying VFR aircraft can safely fly in prevailing weather that is below normal VFR minima, say due to a low ceiling.

SVFR, of course, has its own set of visibility minima (1500m worldwide, 1 mile in the US). It is most commonly used with helicopters as they can fly slowly enough to navigate safely in mildly restricted visibility without reference to instruments, provided visibility is sufficient to allow reference to the ground, although fixed-wing aircraft can request and receive SVFR as well. Some jurisdictions, such as the US, restrict the use of SVFR clearances to IFR-rated pilots and aircraft under certain circumstances.

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