7-5-1. AUTHORIZATION

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  • 7-5-1. AUTHORIZATION

    1. SVFR operations in weather conditions less than basic VFR minima are authorized:
      1. At any location not prohibited by 14 CFR Part 91, Appendix D or when an exemption to 14 CFR Part 91 has been granted and an associated LOA established. 14 CFR Part 91 does not prohibit SVFR helicopter operations.
      2. Only within the lateral boundaries of Class B, Class C, Class D, or Class E surface areas, below 10,000 feet MSL.
      3. Only when requested by the pilot.
      4. On the basis of weather conditions reported at the airport of intended landing/departure.
      5. When weather conditions are not reported at the airport of intended landing/departure and the pilot advises that VFR cannot be maintained and requests SVFR.
      • PHRASEOLOGY
      • CLEARED TO ENTER/OUT OF/THROUGH, (name) SURFACE AREA
      • and if required,
      • (direction) OF (name) AIRPORT (specified routing),
      • and
      • MAINTAIN SPECIAL V-F-R CONDITIONS,
      • and if required,
      • AT OR BELOW (altitude below 10,000 feet MSL)
      • or as applicable under an exemption from 14 CFR Part 91,
      • CLEARED FOR (coded arrival or departure procedure) ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE, (additional instructions as required).
    2. SVFR operations may be authorized for aircraft operating in or transiting a Class B, Class C, Class D, or Class E surface area when the primary airport is reporting VFR but the pilot advises that basic VFR cannot be maintained.

      NOTE: The basic requirements for issuance of a SVFR clearance in subpara a apply with the obvious exception that weather conditions at the controlling airport are not required to be less than basic VFR minima.

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