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Procedural controlling vs Radar controlling

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Does pilot has authority in procedural controlling where as in radar controlling he is bound to maintain height as specified by the controller?

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  1. John D Collins on Feb 14, 2014

    No. A clearance must be followed by the pilot regardless if radar is being used by the controller or not. The clearance will include an assigned altitude. In a non radar environment, ATC depends on the pilot making position reports and strictly following the assigned route and altitude.

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  2. Mark Kolber on Feb 14, 2014


    Interesting question. Let me ask one back to you:

    What do you think the consequences are of operating contrary to an ATC clearance or instruction?

    I don’t mean FAA enforcement proceedings. The real risk. You know, like hitting other airplanes because the pilot refused to maintain proper separation as instructed.

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