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A couple IFR questions

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Hey everyone,

I have a couple of unrelated IFR procedure questions, based on very specific scenarios:

1). Suppose you're on an IFR flight plan and you're in the Class Bravo (due to vectors or because your route of flight cuts through Bravo airspace) If you were to cancel IFR, how would approach/center typically respond? Would they say something to the effect of "IFR cancellation received, cleared through the Class Bravo, maintain current squawk code...?" Would they ask you to remain IFR until clear of the Bravo? I suppose it probably depends on several factors, just wondering if you've ever had such an experience.

2). Second scenario: Suppose you're home airport (towered) has one rwy (call it 4/22) and only one approach, say a GPS for Runway 4. For simplicity, our airport is at sea level. MDA on the GPS is 600, and circling MDA is 1000. Let's suppose that wind is from 220 at 10 kts, but ceiling is 800 feet. During the approach, assuming the runway is long enough that I could land with a 10 kt tailwind and there's no departing traffic on 22, would tower likely give me runway 4 if I asked? Would 22 typically be the runway in use in this situation, since no one would be able to land on 22 based on the ceiling? Controllers must have dealt with this type of scenario before, right?



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  1. Kris Kortokrax on Apr 02, 2014

    Q 1) Why would you feel the desire or the need to cancel IFR while inside the Class B airspace?

    Q 2) If I request a Special VFR clearance, I could certainly land on runway 22.

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  2. Brent on Apr 02, 2014

    The ATIS would likely tell you the approach and arrival/departure runways in use, but the controllers would have situational awareness to know if they could grant your request if it’s different than what is in use at the time.

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  3. JP on Apr 05, 2014

    You are correct on how you answered your question about the Class Bravo. I flew for a company that was on the Northwest side of Atlanta, and the arrival we had to file took us pretty far to the Northeast when we were coming in from the East/Northeast. (See the AWSON2, ODF.AWSON2). After turning us west, we would occasionally cancel IFR, especially if it was “severe clear” and we didn’t want ATC’s scenic route to our airport. If we were inside the outer shelf of Bravo, they would respond something to the effect of “Understand cancel IFR, you are cleared into the bravo airspace maintain current squawk code”.

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