Time to file IFR. One misunderstood IFR approach clearance is the Contact Approach, as in, "Cessna 08Y, cleared contact approach at or below 3000 ..." It's a little like a visual approach, except ...


ATC must initiate the contact approach.


The pilot must first cancel IFR.


Reported visibility must be at least 3 statute miles.


The pilot must request the contact approach.

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