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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MarkHargrove Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Jan 2016 at 12:17am
As mlovetto says, that's exactly how a pilot would get flight-following in the real world -- they'd pop-up on the departure frequency, announce their callsign, position, aircraft type and equipment, and request flight-following.  ("ABQ Departure, Cessna 123AB, 4 miles south of the ABQ VOR, Cessna 172 slant alpha, request flight-following to <wherever>").  ATC would get a beacon code and give it to the pilot ("Cessna 123AB, ABQ departure, Squawk 5551"). The pilot acknowledges ("5551, Cessna 3AB"), sets the code into their transponder and waits (they do NOT automatically ident unless that was requested by ATC).  After a bit, ("Cessna 123AB, radar contact, ABQ altimeter 29.95" -- sometimes followed by additional information or instructions).   

It is also possible at many airports to get flight following on the ground before departing, in which case a discrete beacon code will be assigned before the plane takes off.

The sim basically gets it wrong by having a plane squawking VFR (1200) appear and act as if they already had FF active.
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Hi All,
 
What actually does "flight following" mean? Is it that they are following their flight path?
 
Also what is the controller's role with these as they refuse to climb/descend or deviate from their course. Is it just to keep your own targets away from them?
 
I like working Knoxville and it makes the heart beat faster when these pesky little things come in from the south, fly directly over the primary field at 2,500 and carry on over the approach.
 
Thanks,
 
Graham


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A request for flight following is simply a VFR pilot asking for traffic advisories while traversing the airspace of a radar facilitiy.  Controllers do not issue any control instructions unless a conflict with known traffic is imminent. The pilot is expected to comply with all FARs.  When the pilot exits the airspace boundary, the tracon controller will issue a termination of radar service.
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Or they'll hand off to the proper facility at the border to continue flight following.
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