Does ATC Radar Contact VFR A/C?

Does ATC Radar Contact VFR A/C? If so, do they provide positive or advisory control?


But an A/C cannot just fly through class B,C, TRSA without contacting the appropriate controller correct? Also, would a VFR A/C not requesting flight following keep a 1200 code? And one requesting flight following would be assigned a non-discrete beacon code correct?


6 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    In the U.S., VFR aircraft need only contact ATC in certain circumstances. Before entering Class C or Class D airspace, VFR aircraft must establish two-way communication with ATC (this means that the VFR aircraft calls ATC, and ATC responds with the aircraft's call sign). Before entering Class B airspace, VFR aircraft must establish communication with ATC and obtain a clearance into the Class B airspace.

    No clearance is required to enter Class C or Class D, but the aircraft must heed ATC instructions, if any ("remain clear" means that the aircraft cannot enter).

    TRSAs do not require contact with ATC, but it is recommended.

    If a VFR aircraft remains clear of all these airspaces, it doesn't have to talk to ATC at all, except for local towers.

    VFR aircraft can contact ATC to request flight following. ATC will assign a transponder code in many cases. Otherwise, VFR aircraft always squawk 1200.

    The rules are different in other countries.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    As the last poster said, yes, if the pilot requests VFR flight following.

    However the statement about being in controlled airspace is not quite accurate. As an IFR controller I am not responsible for controlling VFR aircraft unless they are in Class A airspace whence they become CVFR aircraft. This is the only way that VFR aircraft are allowed into Class A airspace. All other airspace they have to be under IFR control for them to be my responsibility. If an aircraft asks for VFR flight following, I will pass them traffic info but the pilot is responsible for traffic and terrain avoidance.


  • 4 years ago

    ATC is only responsible for VFR/VFR separation in class B airspace. In the TSRA, ATC wll provide separation between all participating aircraft, both VFR and IFR. In other areas ATC will provide traffic advisories workload permitting, but it is the PIC's responsibility to maintain visual separation.

  • Mark
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    No, but VFR pilots may contact a radar approach control facility or an air route traffic control center.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Radar does not discriminate, it provides a return on all aircraft it paints. As to the facility, the above posts cover that just fine.

  • 1 decade ago

    yes in controlled airspace or when u request flight following

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