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How to file VOR to VOR?

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I am a recently certificated instrument pilot, so I am trying to plan a flight between two airports that I travel frequently. Neither of these airports have VORs and there are no victor airways within reasonable distance of the airports. If I am in a /U aircraft, is it possible to just file VOR to VOR? If this is possible, what would happen when I pass the final VOR inbound to my destination airport? Is it possible to file a radial off that final VOR and a DME as my final waypoint?

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  1. Matthew Waugh on Jul 27, 2010

    Well – if you’re /U you don’t have a DME, so you can’t really file a radial and DME fix.

    So would you file “Direct VOR A, Direct VOR B, Direct” – nothing wrong with that as long as you can leave VOR B on a radial that will get you to the destination airport. So yes, as long as you meet the service volume requirements, altitudes etc. you can file VOR to VOR.

    It has been argued that you should file the IAF of an approach for your destination, so that might be another alternative assuming you can get from VOR B to an IAF for your destination.

    In a radar environment it’s all good because they’ll probably be vectoring you around at MVA anyway. If you lose communication in IMC then for the sake of your skin you need a plan on how you’ll find an IAF and get to the airport – but that’s a “fly” issue not a “file” issue.

    Finally – ask around your airport, you my find other pilots with information on what works. Much of the IFR system is finding out what works and filing that.

    Hope that helps.

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