Must turbine aircraft (jets and turboprops) always be IFR and never VFR?

Is there an FAA rule that says that turbine aircraft (jets and turboprops) must always be IFR and never VFR?

7 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Any aircraft can go VFR.

    Not all aircraft (or pilots) can fly IFR

    above 18,000 feet, all aircraft must be on IFR flightplan

    all commercial flights are IFR, foremost for safety purposes,

    even if they do not climb to or past 18,000 feet, (certain portions of the flight may be visual, like the approach if weather is good)

    turboprops are most efficient between 20,000 and 28,000 while jets are most efficient between 24,000 and 40,000 feet. That's why most tprops and jets fly high and IFR.

    also, there is a speed limit of 250 knots below 10,000 feet, regardless of IFR or VFR for most aircraft. (military aircraft can get exemption)

  • Paul M
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    The answer is no there is no such rule.

    However a previous answerer makes a good point, there is a rule that states that all aircraft operating above 18000' ( Class A airspace ) must be IFR only. VFR is prohibited above 17500'.

    Turbine aircraft operate more efficiently at higher altitudes, however on occasion the PIC of any aircraft may elect to stay below 17500' and fly VFR. This usually happens on very short flights when climbing above 18000' would be impracticable.

  • 1 decade ago

    NO, any aircraft can fly VFR, even the most sophisticated jets.

    Just have to use VFR rules, stay below 10000 Ft.

    I have flown VFR in a C-141, when we could not get a computer flight plan for three hours.

    It was only a 30 minute flight from Andrews to McGuire and we didnt want to wait.

    Source(s): Retired AF SNCO, Instuctor Flight Engineer
  • 1 decade ago

    Flight rules depend upon which type of airspace you are flying in. It has nothing to do with different aircraft types!

    Generally when you are flying in Controlled Airspaces (Class A -D) then IFR is mandatory at all times.

    In other classes of airspace you can fly IFR or VFR, although IFR is mandatory at night (in the UK anyway).

    Source(s): retired ATC
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  • Mark
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago



    Sailplane pilots get waivers to fly VFR above 18,000'.

  • 1 decade ago

    You must file IFR to fly at 18,000 feet or above which is why most turbine powered aircraft fly IFR.

  • 1 decade ago

    as long as you comply with the VFR flight rules, you can fly any aircraft VFR.

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