# What altitude do you fly heading east?

## What altitude do you fly heading east?

Any aircraft flying a heading of East – including North, Northeast, East or Southeast (0 degrees through 179 degrees) – must be at an odd altitude (3000′, 5000′, 13000′, etc.).

### What altitudes can you fly VFR?

VFR cruising altitude rules in the US and Canada

• On a magnetic course of 0-179 degrees shall fly at an odd thousand ft MSL altitude +500 feet (e.g., 3,500, 5,500, or 7,500 ft); or.
• On a magnetic course of 180-359 degrees shall fly at an even thousand ft MSL altitude +500 feet (e.g., 4,500, 6,500, or 8,500 ft).

Is 3000 a VFR altitude?

As structured, VFR aircraft, cruising above 3,000 AGL will be separated from VFR traffic cruising in the opposite direction by 1,000 feet. VFR traffic is at even or odd altitudes plus 500 feet – 3500, 4500, 5500, etc.

Can you fly VFR above 18000?

VFR above FL 180 isn’t happening. IFR only about 18000 feet and you have to use the IFR cardinal pressure altitudes. VFR on top would have you picking your altitude with 500 foot offsets, and it just isn’t allowed. All traffic is controlled in Class A airspace.

## Why is there no RVSM above FL410?

Historically, standard vertical separation was 1,000 feet from the surface to FL290, 2,000 feet from FL290 to FL410 and 4,000 feet above this. This was because the accuracy of the pressure altimeter used in aircraft to determine level decreases with height.

### What altitude do you fly going west?

Planes flying from the East to the West above 3000 feet would be 4000, 6000, 8000, 10,000, 12,000 and so forth. This rule is for IFR flight period for VFR flight they would be at the same altitude plus 500 feet. That is westbound to eastbound, 3500, 5500, 7500, Etc so forth.

What is the highest VFR altitude?

3,000 feet
VFR-ON-TOP CRUISING LEVELS FOR YOUR DIRECTION OF FLIGHT ARE: more than 3,000 feet above the surface to FL 180: ODD/EVEN ALTITUDES/FLIGHT LEVELS PLUS FIVE HUNDRED FEET.

Can ATC assign an ODP?

As a general rule, ATC will only assign an ODP from a non-towered airport when compliance with the ODP is necessary for aircraft to aircraft separation. Pilots may use the ODP to help ensure separation from terrain and obstacles.

## Is RVSM a FL280?

RVSM capabilities means flight operations above FL280. Previously, RVSM could only be added to these airplanes post-production. RVSM certification is required for all aircraft operating worldwide above FL280.

### What is aircraft RVSM?

Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) is defined as the reduction of vertical space between aircraft from 2,000 to 1,000 feet at flight levels from 29,000 feet up to 41,000 feet. RVSM was implemented as a means to increase airspace capacity and provide access to more fuel-efficient flight levels.

Why do planes fly at 39000 feet?

Many flights are not as full as they were, so they are lighter and can fly at higher altitudes, which are more fuel-efficient. There is less traffic competing for the higher, more-fuel-efficient altitudes. Most airliners have maximum certified altitudes of 39,000 to 41,000 feet; a few can go higher but usually do not.

Can VFR fly above clouds?

“The short answer is yes. You may legally fly on top as long as you can maintain the appropriate VFR cloud clearances. The only regulatory restriction is that student pilots are not allowed to fly above a cloud layer without ground reference.

## What is the minimum altitude for a VFR flight?

Except while holding in a holding pattern of 2 minutes or less, or while turning, each person operating an aircraft under VFR in level cruising flight more than 3,000 feet above the surface shall maintain the appropriate altitude or flight level prescribed below, unless otherwise authorized by ATC: (a) When operating below 18,000 feet MSL and -.

### What is “flight level?

The phrase “flight level” makes it clear that this refers to the standardized pressure altitude. Remember, these VFR and IFR cruising altitudes only apply to pilots operating aircraft at more than 3,000 feet AGL (Above Ground Level). Pilots operating at or below 3,000 feet AGL may fly at other altitudes.

How close to the surface can a VFR aircraft operate?

Conducting a VFR operation in a Class B, Class C, Class D, and Class E surface area when the official visibility is 3 or 4 miles is not prohibited, but good judgment would dictate that you keep out of the approach area

What are IFR cruising altitudes?

Remember, Cruising Altitudes are based on your course or ground track, and the pilot must consider cross-wind variances to their heading being flown. These IFR Cruising Altitudes provides a minimum of 1,000 feet clearance or vertical separation from other IFR airplanes heading in opposing directions.