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Do airline pilots fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) at all times, or do they sometimes fly under Visual Flight Rules (VFR)?

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Do airline pilots fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) at all times, or do they sometimes fly under Visual Flight Rules (VFR)?

Calvin Ung, Richmond Hill, Ontario
Air Canada conducts all of its flights under IFR. Flight dispatch creates and files our flight plan with air traffic control. This way, our flights are monitored from push-back to gate arrival. While we can occasionally manoeuvre visually while on approach to land, we don’t depart and fly VFR like small airplanes. Having said that, it doesn’t stop us from enjoying the view!


Doug Morris
Doug Morris
is an Air Canada pilot and captain on the Airbus A320. Got an aviation question? Send it to askdoug@enroutemag.net.

 

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