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VFR Planning

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Who is the best agency to call and request vfr flight following? Also, how do I find the appropriate controlling facility (ARTCC) for each given part of a sectional?

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  1. Paul on Aug 21, 2010

    “Best Agency” all depends on where you are.  If you are at Class B, C, or airport with TSRA, I would call the local approach controller.  You can find their frequency on the sectional chart.  It is usually a solid magenta (purple) informational box:

    contact approach

    To find the local ARTCC facility, I would recommend looking at your local AFD (airport facility directory).   The AFD will list the local ARTCC facility under “operations data” and also under airport communications, list the local approach control facilities that you can call when requesting VFR flight following.


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  2. Brian on Aug 22, 2010

    What Paul said and I would add: If you are departing from a towered airport, you can make the request to the ground controller for flight following. Keep in mind, if the airport has a clearance delivery frequency then you would request flight following from them and not the ground controller.
    Example call to ground: Nashua ground Cessna 123xy at college ramp to taxi to runway 32 with zulu requesting VFR flight following direct to portland at 5,500.

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  3. Eric Gideon on Aug 22, 2010

    Another good way, if you’re flying a newer avionics system (GNS430, G1000), is to visit the NRST chapter and flip to the ARTCC page. The nearest – although not always the nearest appropriate – center and approach frequencies will be listed.

    In reality, if you call up a controller and tell them where you are and what you want, they’ll hand you off to the appropriate sector.

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