J.J asked in Cars & TransportationAircraft · 7 years ago

Even with a flight plan, can you still fool around with your airplane?

If you own your own plane, and you want to take her up for a spin, are you aloud to do random flips and dives, etc.. even with a designated flight plan? Or do you have to ask permission to perform these maneuvers? I know location also has a lot to do with it, so do the rules change if you're over a populated area, or over corn fields for example?

3 Answers

  • 7 years ago
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    when you file a vfr flight plan you're telling flight service where you're going and how you're going to get there. if you don't show up on time they can tell search and rescue where to look for you. it's a document of safety, not of restriction or enforcement.

    you add to your safety by reporting your position periodically to flight service, since sar will always start from your last known location. you add to safety for other pilots by reporting noteworthy weather you encounter en route.

    in the u.s.a. vfr flight plans are optional. in canada they are required for flights over 25 nautical miles. if you want to fly somewhere and mess around you are welcome to do so. you could even file a flight plan to that effect: "fly to fields 5 nm north of centreville, practice aerobatics, fly back to home base. time en route one hour."

  • FanMan
    Lv 5
    7 years ago

    As long as you're flying in an area where aerobatic maneuvers are allowed (away from congested areas or federal airways, and at a sufficient altitude, etc.), then you can do whatever you want, as long as you close your flight plane when you reach your destination. It's not uncommon for a pilot with a capable airplane (which most aren't) to do a loop or roll in the middle of a cross country flight just to break up the monotony. But normally, you wouldn't file a flight plan at all if you're just going up to do some acro.

  • 7 years ago

    A VFR flight plan does not restrict you to a particular course or altitude BUT there are prohibitions you must observe:regarding aerobatic maneuvers. Aerobatic flight means an intentional maneuver involving an abrupt change in an aircraft's attitude, an abnormal attitude, or abnormal acceleration, not necessary for normal flight.

    No person may operate an aircraft in aerobatic flight--

    (a) Over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement;

    (b) Over an open air assembly of persons;

    (c) Within the lateral boundaries of the surface areas of Class B, Class C, Class D, or Class E airspace designated for an airport;

    (d) Within 4 nautical miles of the centerline of any published airway;

    (e) Below an altitude of 1,500 feet above the surface

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