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IFR flight plan through a Restricted area.

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I'm planning my first long distance X country and I noticed that at the very end my planed route it takes me through a restricted area . Can I file this with no issue and expect vectors? The legend for the area calls for prior permission if entering.  

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  1. John D Collins on May 23, 2015

    If you file a route thru a restricted area without permission for entering, ATC will route you around the restricted area. However, if you end up lost com before they do so and you then go thru the restricted area, I would not want to explain your planning decision, Don’t be lazy, find a route around the airspace or determine in advance if the airspace is hot during the time of your flight.

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  2. Matthew Waugh on May 23, 2015

    As John says, ATC will look after you if you are talking to them. But if for some reason you are not talking to them you’ll need a new plan. Why not make that plan now, on the ground, while the pressure is off?

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  3. Mark Kolber on May 25, 2015

    Another 2¢: I also agree it is better to plan and file the flight avoiding the active restricted areas. Not only are you making a more realistic assessment of fuel needs but it is easy enough to get permission once in the air, Many times a “shortcut” through the area will be offered.

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