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closing a vfr flight plan

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:45 pm
by tazin river
Hello there

Is there any way to close a flight plan in remote area (no cell phone connections) if you don't have a sat phone? In Canada....

Can a Garmin InReach be used to close a vfr flight plan?

Anything else?

Re: closing a vfr flight plan

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:01 pm
by valleyboy
File a flight notification with your proposed full (including all stops and even overnight stays itinerary either with ATC or a responsible person. You should have communications and I'm not sure where you would go without satellite coverage with garmin inreach or a sat phone unless you are north of 80. In reach is economical and allows txt messages bidirectionally to and cell phone. You can get someone to call FSS and close you out but no direct connections as yet. I had actually got on to the CAA to set up a system that a txt message could get a rescue on remote roads with no cell coverage. They reacted like I was totally mad. So a canned txt to a third party to call in is the only answer in both cases.

Re: closing a vfr flight plan

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:32 pm
by BGH
Are there any RCO or DRCO’s that can be reached in the air prior to letdown?

I’ve used those in remote areas of BC to close flightplans.


Re: closing a vfr flight plan

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:11 am
by waterdog
This problem is exactly why I ended up getting a Garmin inreach. If I am flying to airport where there is a landline or at least radio coverage then it is easy, but if I am landing on the water in a lake far away, the last thing I wanted to do was close my flight plan right before I do the second most dangerous thing of my flight and land on the water. So, for me, if I am going to an area with no cell coverage than its a flight itinerary instead of a flight plan and I text them through the inreach to let them know I've landed and am safe.

I've used the Garmin inreach mini for a year and so far it has worked flawlessly.


Re: closing a vfr flight plan

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:35 am
by tazin river
Thanks Folks

I do have the Garmin In Reach as well and had to contact a friend of mine to close my flight plan once last summer because my sat phone was not connecting.

Ditto on using the RCO before landing....not comfortable with that option....

Normally, I do flight plan mostly via a flight itinerary with a responsible person but sometime I do need to have a flight plan with Nav Canada. Having the option of using InReach directly with them to close would be great.

Not there yet I guess from what I hear.