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By berbles
In this month’s mag Russell Myles flies his Sling from Scotland to Sweden.

Setting aside for the moment his huge dogleg (I think I might have just flown direct from Newcastle to Sweden) he seemed to raise VFR Flight plans for every single leg. Is this normal practice, because I’m not sure I would have done so?

Or have I missed something and you need to raise a flight plan to fly between European countries?

I can understand Europeans intra-Schengen rules are tighter than they were but surely that would require a GAR not a flight plan?
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By Boecopter
Crossing an FIR boundary is the trigger, although there are some where there is a relaxation, Germany into Czech Republic I think is one...(and for us, London into Scottish) I just filed when Skydemon said it was required.

In Sweden, because of the vastness, they recommend filing one for any trip to aid with SAR just in case.

Skydemon also prompted filing the GAR...only one required and that was the inbound leg Kortrijk to Rochester.

As for the “huge dog leg” - if the finished article is anything like the draft, you can see from the About the Author box what I do for a living. No stranger to immersion suits, wet dinghy drills and dunker training, if the aircraft had the range I would consider straight across if solo. Two up, there is no room for a dinghy, and that was a risk too much. Mid-channel from 5000ft , either shore is possible in a glide, the Sting (with a T, not Sling) glides nicely.

It was about having an adventure, not getting there as quickly as possible, which is why we went the long way round. At our age, bladder range is more limiting than aircraft range!
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By James Chan
Some countries require VFR flight plans to be filed if crossing controlled airspace. The AIP will mention this if so and VFR flight planning tools like Skydemon should pop up an alert.

This allows a much more seamless/joined-up service with handovers, same squawk, and better assurances of crossings (although never guaranteed).

Although I wish they would also allow for an abbreviated one to be filed over the radio, like the UK.