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Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationAircraft · 9 years ago

Air Traffic Control Question?

At an airport with an operating control tower located within the lateral limits of Class D airspace Special VFR is generally available to exit, enter, or transition through the airspace when the weather doesn't allow basic VFR. Is the tower controller authorized to issue SVFR clearances to traffic to remain in the pattern when basic VFR conditions aren't available?

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  • 9 years ago
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    SVFR was designed to expedite VFR traffic into, out of or through a control zone when the weather falls below the VFR minima. It would be counter-productive to entertain a SVFR flight in a traffic pattern where it is likely to conflict with other SVFR or IFR traffic. A controller's workload will increase needlessly if keeps a SVFR flight in the pattern, since he will have to provide separation between other SVFR and IFR traffic.

    The simple answer to the question is yes, but it would absolutely make no sense.

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