A bit off topic, butÂ…
Does anyone have any experience converting from a VFR flight following status to an IFR letdown and approach? Do you have to call FSS airborne and file a formal IFR flight plan, or will the flight following agency (center, approach, etc.) issue you a clearance on the spot?
Joe, you typically have 2 choices. Since you are already talking to Approach, you can get a local IFR clearance directly through your approach controller on a workload permitting basis. You will have to give him virtually all the same info that’s required on the IFR flight plan.
Option #2 is required if your controller is too busy, or just not too cooperative, you will have to call Flight Serivce (Radio), file the flight plan, and then go back to Approach (or Center) to open and continue with an IFR clearance.
Option # 1 is easier and you can usually get it without much trouble.