The use of “check in” with Approach

August, 10, 2021 by

The Check In feature serves two primary functions on Infinite Flight:

  • Requesting Flight Following from the FIRST radar controller the pilot contacts when they have an acceptable flight plan
  • Advising a radar controller that they are on your frequency AFTER BEING SWITCHED by a pervious radar controller

We’ll be focusing on the first point about it being the same as requesting flight following.

Checking in, in Infinite Flight, is usually done when you are flying IFR opposed to VFR. You’d check in, the controller would say radar contact or roger, then you’d continue to follow your flight plan. They may assign altitude changes but other then that you are free to follow your flight plan unless instructed otherwise.

On approach, radar controllers do sometimes allow pilots to follow their flight plan after checking in. They may elect to upgrade your service to an approach if necessary at any point.

A key point though to keep in mind though is that you should not check in, then immediately ask for an approach. If you would like Radar Vectors, an ILS approach, or Visual approach, do not add in the check in. Simply request the approach. It adds to the controller’s workload, try to work with the controller’s and send the least amount of commands as possible.

If you would like to check in and follow your flight plan, you can attempt it. If it’s a very busy airfield, I would not, I’d simply ask for an approach.

Kyle Boas is the Founder of the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Supervisor and Infinite Flight Appeals team member. — More