Intro to IFR Question #9 - What does an IFR flight plan look like?

IFR flight plan


What does an IFR flight plan look like?  

We find it helpful to look at IFR flight plans with two categories; certainties and variables. The certainties are set in stone by the pilot. The variables are subject to change before or during the flight. Below is the needed information for both categories: 


  1. Airplane Number
  2. Airplane Type
  3. Equipment
  4. True Airspeed
  5. Departure Airport
  6. Fuel on Board
  7. Pilot Name
  8. Occupants
  9. Airplane Color


  1. Departure Time
  2. Destination Airport
  3. Route of Flight 
  4. Time En Route
  5. Alternate Airport

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Paper VFR/IFR Flight Plan Forms

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