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I set out to shoot a basic almost “cookie cutter” type flight following video for you guys. However what happened was anything but normal. In this video I’ll not only show you how to pickup VFR Flight Following but also show a Flight Following Handoff, Change of Squawk Code, and a bit of a different format.

The truth of the matter is Flight Following is a WONDERFUL service. Yet many pilots shy away from using it because they simply don’t know what to say. In this video you’ll see me pick up Flight Following and hear the controllers throw a few “different” variables at us. Enjoy It! If you love it be sure to like and share. – Jason

Have a question about VFR Flight Following? Leave myself and the team a comment below.

Just to Clarify:

What is VFR Flight Following? Flight Following is radar a service provided to VFR pilots on a “Time-Permitting Basis” by controllers. If the controllers are too busy they will just tell you so by saying: “Aircraft calling for flight following standby” They may get back with you they may not.

Once on VFR Flight Following controllers will provide you with traffic and airspace alerts. In some rare cases they also help with navigation via radar vectors (turn right to 230) Keeping in mind that IFR traffic has radar service priority and that these controllers are truly volunteering their time to VFR traffic. So the level of service you may receive will vary based on how busy that controller is.

Why Did You Cold Call? These controllers are some of the busiest in the nation. Making a call for flight following can be lengthy call that could waste a lot of airtime. Plus since we now know that Flight Following is on a time permitting basis. It’s good to make a cold call to get that controllers attention first and see if they even have time for you.

What Happened When They Handed You Off? Controllers are in charge of sectors. In our case we were passed off from Orlando Approach to Jax Approach. Sometimes you simply get handed off from one controller to another in the same facility. What actually happens is the controller from Orlando called up the next controller at Jax approach and said “Hey I’ve got this 7159Q guy he’s VFR to OCF do you have time for him?” The Jax controller said Yes and to have 59Q contact me on 118.6. The Orlando controller relayed that info to me via a handoff.

A lot of times this is where you can get dropped from Flight Following. If the next controller is too busy. You will get the words “7159Q Radar Services Terminated Squawk VFR, Frequency Change Approved.” Words no student on a long VFR cross country wants to hear but now we know why it happens.

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