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How To File Your VFR Flight Plan

by Jason Schappert

Last week I covered How To Open Your VFR Flight Plan. Now it’s only fair that I show you how to fill out your flight plan form and call it into your local Flight Service Station.



There are SOOO many ways to file a flight plan and get briefings! What are some ways you do it? Tell me in the comment box below. – Jason

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  • skip

    thanks for the great video. good refresher.

  • paulo

     Awesome!

  • Kevin

     I get a weather briefing and fill out and file my flight plan using http://www.duat.com.  Then before I start the engine, I call 800-WX-Brief and get an ‘assumed’ departure which opens my flight plan. Then after arrival, I call the same number and close the flight plan.

    Thanks for the videos!!

  • frank bellinger

    Just a quick question, if you call in your flight plan, do you still hae to file it electronically or on paper??

    —Frank— 

  • http://twitter.com/buildakicker Jason

    Do you like that Duat.com setup? I haven’t used it. 

  • Kevin

    I like it very much. Because I can do everything right there, get weather, winds aloft, fill out the flight plan, file it etc. Saves me a lot of time! 

  • Kevin

    Frank, I think if you call it in like Jason did in the video, that also ‘files’ it. You still have to ‘open’ it by calling on the phone or calling on the radio in the air to FSS. Of course, you also have to close it if you open it.  If you ‘file’ it and never open it, you don’t have to close it. Hope that helps.

  • Kevin

    Forgot to mention, it’s also free!! 

  • frank bellinger

    Kevin: So is the paper “flight plan” or electronic “flight plan” necessary if you’re going to call it in anyways? That’s my question…why do double duty. Thanks for the response! 

  • frank bellinger

    Are you speaking of Duat OR Duats? 

  • OneWingLow

    Great vid. In South Africa our Flight plans are very different from yours.

    In South Africa we use File2fly.co.za. However, it is faster for us to phone the office also rather then doing it online especially when the offices are very busy..

  • Kevin

    The ‘paper’ form is unnecessary except for your own use. I think before the days of being able to file online, you would fill out the paper form and take it to the FSS counter at the airport. But now when you file it online or call it in (phone or radio), it goes right into the computer so after that, it’s always an electronic version. I never use paper, I do it all online.

  • Kevin

    Either one works very well and both are free. It’s just a matter of personal preference. I personally like DUAT better than DUATS but that’s just me. :) 

  • Debbobwk

    Hello Jason,
    I am going to have to increase my hard drive storage capacity in order to file all of your super instructive videos.  You can read about filing a flight plan but seeing and hearing it done is a real educational experience. I’m sure glad to have you in my right seat!

    Bob in Harrison  Student Pilot 

  • Carl Cope

     Very good Jason.

    Carl

  • Rob

    Thanks Jason,

    I fly out of Leesburg, VA. (KJYO), which is part of the Washington, DC SFRA. We use Duats.com to file our flight flight plans. Since Leesburg airport is part of the DC SFRA, the FAA requires us to adhere to special procedures for arrival and depature of that area. You DON’T EVER  want to forget to file a flight plan in that area!!!!

    Rob   Student pilot

  • Rob

    Thanks Jason,

    I fly out of Leesburg, VA. (KJYO), which is part of the Washington, DC SFRA. We use Duats.com to file our flight flight plans. Since Leesburg airport is part of the DC SFRA, the FAA requires us to adhere to special procedures for arrival and depature of that area. You DON’T EVER  want to forget to file a flight plan in that area!!!!

    Rob   Student pilot

  • Randy Padgett

    have you a video on slips? cool way to lose altitude right now-better than flaps. 

  • Flo

    Thanks Jason, I enjoy your videos.  I have not flown in 7 years and I am trying to get proficient and start flying again. Your tapes are helping to bring back that stored knowledge.

  • Chief_hobbs

    Jason, thanks for taken the time to put that segment together.
    Russ

  • Revillaricardo

    Jason, Pretty good video, clear and explanatory.

    Thanks and continue with this excellent job!

    Ricardo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jorge.brito911 Jorge Andres Britto Lozano

    Excelent video my friend…!!

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