What is a "flight corridor"?
- mawduce65Lv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
I don't think Barry is a pilot with an answer like that. A flight corridor is an area in controlled airspace that allows aircraft that are not flying under radar control from the tower to fly over a certain area. They are clearly marked on VFR (visual flight rules) charts so pilots know where they are. When flying through corridors, pilots observe the same flight rules as any other VFR fight path. This is necessary because within many metropolitan areas, there are large class B controlled airports. This helps the commercial airliners to stay away from the smaller planes. But there must be a way for everyone to get around. So the FAA reserves these fight corridors to make the pilots of small planes happy. An example of a flight corridor is one that exists over New York City. Since some pilots of small planes like to fly over the city to take photos and such, the FAA has set aside a special place for them to fly in.
It has nothing to do with vector airways. Vector airways are radio signals that are passed from one VOR (vertical omni-rangefinder) to another. An aircraft flying in a vector airway follows the path of the signal to navigate the aircraft from one place to the other. This is done under IFR (instrument flight rules) conditions and with the help of air traffic control. A flight corridor is monitored by ATC, but has no direct authority over them.
- 1 decade ago
Imaginary tubes in the sky (they have floors, ceilings and edges). Designed by aviation authorities to simplify air traffic control. They appear on aviation maps as roads between airports, navigation aids and with the advent of GPS, points in space. There are many different kinds but the most common is the Victor airway mentioned by someone else. However the term also applies to corridors designed for military operations to regulate military traffic over a theater of operations (the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan). Those are much more complex and ridgid.
- 1 decade ago
In addition to mawduce6's great answer, VFR corridors also have speed limitations.
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- barrych209Lv 51 decade ago
It's a "Victor airway" -- sort of like a freeway in the sky.Source(s): commercial pilot
- Anonymous1 decade ago
a vector .. a freeway in the sky