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Requesting traffic advisories for sightseeing

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I'm planning a short sightseeing flight, starting from a class D airport that is near a class C airport. This particular class D airport isn't able to do a handoff to approach for flight following (I think it has to do with their letters of agreement), so I usually call up approach when the tower has approved my frequency change.

Usually, I've been headed to a destination airport, but in this case, I'll just be looking around at some fall color and then heading back.

After initial contact with approach, could I request something like, "XXX approach, Skyhawk XXX is just off KKKK, passing 7500 climbing 9500, heading 30 miles northwest for sightseeing, request traffic advisories"?

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  1. Wes Beard on Oct 20, 2011

    Yup.  That is exactly what I would do.  Depending on work load, they will monitor your trip as long as you are in their radar coverage.

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