Intro to IFR Question #12 - What are the compulsory IFR reporting points?


What are the compulsory IFR reporting points?  

Compulsory IFR reporting points on FAA, as well as Jeppesen, charts are indicated by solid triangles. Pilots are able to discontinue reporting compulsory points when informed by ATC that the aircraft is in “radar contact” 

Additionally, a pilot should report any of the following events:: 

  • When vacating any previously assigned altitude or flight level for a newly assigned altitude or flight level (AIM 5-3-3)
  • When an altitude change will be made if operating on a clearance specifying VFR-on-top. (AIM 5-3-3)
  • When unable to climb/descent at a rate of at least 500 feet per minute.(AIM 5-3-3)
  • When an approach has been missed. (AIM 5-3-3)
  • Change in the average true airspeed (at cruising altitude) when it varies by 5 percent or 10 knots (whichever is greater) from that filed in the flight plan. (AIM 5-3-3)
  • The time and altitude or flight level upon reaching a holding fix or point to which cleared. (AIM 5-3-3)
  • When leaving any assigned holding fix or point. (AIM 5-3-3)
  • Any information relating to the safety of flight. (AIM 5-3-3)
  • The time and altitude of passing each designated reporting point, or the reporting points specified by ATC, except that while the aircraft is under radar control only the passing of those reporting points specifically requested by ATC need be reported. (FAR 91.183
  • Any other information relating to the safety of flight. (FAR 91.183)



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