You don’t always get what you want – while flying

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I wanted to fly from Norwood MA to Montauk, NY, which as a direct flight is 75 nm, as shown below.

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I decided to fly IFR but the likelihood of getting a direct routing for a trip of this length is tiny. So I looked up previous routes and found and filed for this one, which is only 77 nm.

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But when I called ground for my clearance, I was given this routing.

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Not only is it longer (132 nm) including flying past my destination for about 20 nm (adds 40 nm to the trip), much more is over water. So I cancelled IFR and flew VFR.

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