What Flight Following Is, And What It Isn’t
Radar air traffic control facilities, like IF ATC Approach & Departure can provide “VFR” aircraft with Radar Traffic Information Service . That’s “Flight Following’s” official name.You have to request it, and the controller provides it “if they have time”. The AIM is specific! “Following” is not offered to Airliners in the real World, they fly IFR. So why is it offered and always approved for Liners by ATC for IF! Let’s reduce the IF ATC work load and distractions. The Liner on long haul asking for Following to a destination 1000’s of Miles from departure is a regular and ridiculous occurrence and distraction repetitively.
I suggest we preclude “Following” for Trash Haulers, they serve no useful purpose. Get rid of this worthless VFR procedure for IFR Aircraft, give the Controller some breathing room. Let’s keep it real! What say you Community?.