How To Ask For Flight Following?

What does it mean to request flight following?

VFR flight following is a request made by a pilot to receive services from an approach or departure control facility. Flight following also means that someone is watching you, and that’s a good thing.

When should I get flight following?

Ask ATC: Flight Following vs. Flight Plan –

Does flight following clear you through airspace?

When you’re flying VFR, flight following always a great asset. But it’s not a clearance into airspace. Give yourself time to switch over to tower on arrival, and if you can’t make the switch, stay out of tower’s airspace.

How do you open a flight plan?

How to file your flight plan (domestic or international)

  • Submit a hardcopy flight plan form to your local flight service station.
  • Call Flight Services (1-800-WX-BRIEF or 1-800-992-7433) – The flight services specialist will file your flight plan.
  • Submit your plan online through one of the following free services: