It’s quite dark outside and I’ve just heard a plane on approach to KADS. My area map (6 minutes delayed) showed the flight as TLX129, but it is not on the KADS arrivals page.
When I look at the tracker for flight TLX129, I see it’s a scheduled charter from KAUS to KADS, but it has flown without flight plan since December 2. The map now shows five distinct flight tracks KAUS/KADS.
I’m not a pilot and I’m trying to understand the situation. Can scheduled charter flights (see www.telesisexpress.com) fly without filing flight plans? Can they fly at night without flight plans? Could they actually be fully IFR, but without a flight plan? I can’t imagine how a pilot navigates his plane in the dark to a destination in busy Dallas air space without using instrumentation. Can he fly full IFR and just not file a plan?
When TLX129 does file a flight plan, the flight duration runs anywhere from 0:20 to 1:15. Obviously, there’s a lot of laxity in reporting the departure time or the arrival time (or both). I just find this one a bit strange.