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INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL FLIGHT RULES
  • What is VFR;
  • VFR and VATSIM ATC.
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student should be able to describe the key differences between VFR and IFR flight and ATC services on the VATSIM network and why the pilot might choose to fly VFR.

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WEATHER AND VFR
  • What weather allows for VFR flight in the ATO's Area of Operations;
  • How to read a METAR and TAF and other available aviation weather products in the ATO's Area of Operations;
  • Where to get weather relevant to the ATO's Area of Operations.
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student shall demonstrate the ability to retrieve real time weather from local or international automated sources and translate METARs and TAFs into common local language;
  • The student shall be able to describe how to get VATSIM weather and why it may differ from real time sources and how the VFR pilot should use VATSIM weather while connected to the network or coordinate weather differences with ATC;
  • The student shall demonstrate the ability to decide if the weather at the airports of departure and arrival and all airspace planned for enroute is and will remain VFR for the duration of the flight the aircraft will be in that area;
  • The student shall be able to discuss making departure go/no go and enroute divert VFR decisions when faced with deteriorating weather.

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CHARTS FOR VFR FLYING
  • Where to find charts in your area of operation;
  • How to read the appropriate VFR-oriented charts relevant to the ATO's Area of Operations.
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • Using VFR charts common to the geographical area, the student shall demonstrate the ability to interpret chart diagrams and features that affect VFR flight and ATC interactions;
  • The student shall be able to use the charts to plan and execute a VFR flight with online VATSIM ATC.

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VATSIM ATC SERVICES FOR VFR FLIGHTS
  • Communications, Voice and Text ? Controlled and Uncontrolled Airspace;
  • Clearances from controlled and uncontrolled airports; to file or not file as VFR;
  • Towered and non-towered VFR operations (what to say, when to say, and why);
  • Conducting VFR flights with or without basic radar service from ATC;
  • Basic transponder usage, squawking VFR and IDENT feature.
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student shall be able to describe the expected ATC service from airport and enroute situations for VFR flights.

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VFR FLIGHT PLANNING
  • VFR cruising altitudes and enroute clearances;
  • Fuel requirements and ETE planning;
  • Complete a documented VFR flight plan including; for each leg including calculated values for ETE, Fuel Burn, ETA, Heading, Track, COM/NAV frequencies and bearings;
  • Able to plot a VFR flight on an appropriate VFR chart with legs that correspond to the flight planning document in...
  • Able to file an appropriate VATSIM VFR flight plan with VFR comments;
  • Remaining VFR through the whole flight;
  • Departure, enroute, and arrival ATC planning.
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student should be able to properly fill out and file a VATSIM flight plan for the geographical location relative to VFR flight to include subject matter listed above;
  • The student should be able to complete a multi-leg VFR flight log document with a corresponding VFR map detailing the pilot's plan of execution for the VFR flight on the VATSIM network;

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LOCAL AIRPORT PROCEDURES
  • Ground Procedures;
  • Taxi and Take off Procedures;
  • Departing and Arriving at controlled and uncontrolled airports;
  • How to fly a traffic pattern, starting on the ground, or by departing on any leg in the pattern;
  • Merging VFR and IFR traffic at controlled and uncontrolled airports;
  • Communications, Voice and Text;
  • Airport Facilities;
  • VFR Landing and Take offs, Off Airport.
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student shall be able to describe the airport ground environment, signage, charts, movement requirements and procedures on ramps.

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AIRSPACE AND AIRPORTS
  • Class A/B/C/D/E/F/G and VFR;
  • Transitioning different airspaces;
  • What airspace are we in now;
  • Can we fly VFR in this airspace;
  • Communication requirements.
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student shall be able to identify on charts or other automated retrieval of airspace information the various types of airspace encountered in the local area and their impact on VFR flight including communications, weather requirements and Navigational and transponder equipment required.

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ENROUTE PROCEDURES AND ATC INTERACTION
  • ATC services appropriate for VFR Flight in the ATO's area of operation;
  • Flying VFR around or through busy airspace;
  • Network connections enroute;
  • Can we fly VFR in this airspace;
  • Communication requirements.
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student shall demonstrate the use of online flight ATC services and communications during the enroute portion of the VFR flight;
  • The student shall demonstrate the ability to transit VFR through complex airspace in the vicinity of a major airport with live VATSIM online ATC radar coverage for departure or approach including communications.

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NAVIGATION
  • At a minimum, VFR ded (dead) reckoning and GPS or VOR/NDB Navigation;
  • Other Navigation methods ATO.
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student shall demonstrate through VFR flight online on the VATSIM network the ability to properly track a radio or GPS navigation track to facilitate following proper local procedures for VFR flight by flying DIRECT TO a radio station or GPS waypoint. The student shall use a written VFR log for each track and update ETA's while enroute.

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