Radar Vectors


  • Instructions issued by ATC to facilitate the smooth and expeditious flow of traffic
  • Promptly comply with, but question anything you do not believe to be correct
  • If operating VFR and compliance with any radar vectors or altitude would cause a violation of any CFR, advises ATC and obtains a revised clearance or instructions

Radar Vectors:

  • Vectors inside Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, and Class E airspace is provided for:
    • Separation
    • Noise abatement
    • Weather
    • To obtain an operational advantage for the pilot or controller


  • Vectors aircraft in Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, Class E, and Class G airspace when requested by the pilot
  • Vectors IFR aircraft at or above minimum vectoring altitudes
  • May vector VFR aircraft, not at an ATC assigned altitude, at any altitude. In these cases, terrain separation is the pilot's responsibility