What altitude do VFR altitudes start?

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).

What altitudes should you use when operating VFR?

As required by 14 CFR Section 91.159(a), the appropriate VFR altitudes for aircraft (not in a holding pattern of 2 minutes or less, or turning) operating more than 3,000 feet above the surface to and including 18,000 feet MSL: Magnetic courses 0-179- odd cardinal altitudes plus 500 feet; e.g., 3,500, 5,500.

Is 3000 a VFR altitude?

The VFR Cruising Altitude rule does not apply below 3,000 feet AGL. There are some altitudes, however, that pilots seem to choose for level flight. Close to sea level they are 1000, 1500, 2000 and 2500. They are easy to read and remember on an altimeter.

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.

What is the difference between VFR and VMC?

In aviation, visual meteorological conditions (VMC) is an aviation flight category in which visual flight rules (VFR) flight is permitted—that is, conditions in which pilots have sufficient visibility to fly the aircraft maintaining visual separation from terrain and other aircraft.

Are cruising altitudes AGL or ASL?

Designated Cruising Altitudes are required for flights operating at more than 3,000 feet Above Ground Level (AGL). When a pilot is operating at more than 3,000 feet above the surface, they are to fly at an altitude appropriate for their direction of flight.

What altitudes should you fly above 3000 feet AGL?

According to FAR 91.159, if you’re more than 3,000 AGL, you need to be flying an odd-thousand MSL altitude +500 feet on a magnetic course of 0-179. And if you’re flying a magnetic course of 180-359, you should fly an even-thousand altitude +500 feet.

How does Foreflight know altitude?

Warning…the height is based on the standard datum plain, not the actual, physical ground beneath you. “Height AGL shows the GPS altitude above the highest terrain within a 1/4 nm circle around your present location, when moving at 40 kts or greater.

When must a pilot fly at a cardinal altitude?

Pilots must fly at the appropriate VFR altitude as prescribed in 14 CFR Section 91.159. This means they fly at a cardinal altitude plus 500 feet. Pilots should advise ATC prior to any altitude change to ensure the exchange of accurate traffic information.

Can you fly VFR-on-top in Class A airspace?

This ensures ATC can provide accurate traffic information and separation. VFR-on-top is not permitted in Class A airspace.