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Radar Vectors

Introduction:

  • Radar vectors are instructions issued by ATC to facilitate the smooth and expeditious flow of traffic

Responsibilities:

  • Pilot Responsibilities:

    • Promptly complies with headings and altitudes assigned to you by the controller
    • Questions any assigned heading or altitude believed to be incorrect
    • If operating VFR and compliance with any radar vector or altitude would cause a violation of any CFR, advises ATC and obtains a revised clearance or instructions
  • Air Traffic Controller Responsibilities:

    • Vectors aircraft in Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, and Class E airspace:
      • For separation
      • For noise abatement
      • 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

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