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Old 10th Jun 2018, 11:07
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The Ancient Geek
 
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Allow me to explain for the non-pilot lurkers.
There are 2 sets of rules which MUST be obeyed.
VFR (Visual flight rules) is the default requiring good visbility, in sight of the ground and remaining clear of cloud.
For suitably qualified pilots an alternative is available. IFR (Instrument flight rules) allow flight by reference to instruments rather than the ground. The rules are complex, requiring basically reference to suitable aids under the control of an air traffic controller.
If you cannot comply with IFR, in this case by remaining above the MSA (minimum safe altitude) you MUST obey VFR.
In most of Africa radio coverage limits the availability of IFR capability to high flying aircraft and near major airports.
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