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What does it mean when ATC says maintain VFR 2,500? Does this mean you can change altitude to maintain VFR? So can I go anywhere below 2,500 or above to maintain VFR? Or do I still need to request an Altitude change?



I've been flying talking to tower, whether it has been class b,c,d. I've had them say maintain VFR 2,000. Not necessarily a VFR altitude. Just assigning me an altitude and saying exactly cessna 612pd maintain VFR 2,000 or cessna 612pd maintain VFR 3,500. Sometimes they just say 2,000. sometimes they say 2,500. Sometimes they add in the "VFR" at both instances, I'm always VFR whether they add the "VFR" in there or not.

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  1. John D Collins on Sep 08, 2017


    You need to fill in some more of the situation. Why were you talking to ATC, where where you and what were you requesting or trying to do. For example, if you are inside a Class B, you need a clearance which will include an altitude, VFR or IFR. If you are requesting IFR, ATC may need to to remain at your altitude for traffic and they are not ready to assign you with an IFR clearance.Generally speaking ATC won’t assign a VFR altitude but you would normally advise ATC of altitude changes. So fill in a little more context.

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