MaxPoll: IFR Flights (Commercial Flt’s) are not authorized to request “Flight Following”, it’s a VFR Procedure only! VFR only Following Procedures are authorized and outlined IAW the FAA Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM), the ATC Bible. IF ATC permits modify AIM procedure for airspace control to fit the platform.
In my world IFR Following for operations is an anathema when “Check In” does the trick. IFR Following inculcates misguidance into the procedure learning circle for purest enthusiasts. IF ACT should stop offing Following to all IFR AC and discard IFR Following from their present lexicon of commands and replace it with the “Out of Range” Response for the unread/malcontents which is included in the present ATC radio menu. What say you Members?