Not sure if this is good idea or not but hey better to ask here than wonder if it’s the right thing to do in the plane.
Our seasonal morning stratiform season has begun and I was thinking of instead of asking for a block altitude in the NE practice area of KJAN to pick up an IFR clearance, ask for a VFR on top clearance so I can be “ATC friendly” without compromising safety.
Obviously I need report when VFR and maintain VFR cloud clearances once I am through the stratiform deck, but I am not sure about the altitude changes and the IFR guaranteed protection I am given by ATC.
I know I can advise the altitudes I will be working at with the “see and avoid rules” but is this viable from the ATC side of the coin or would I just be better off asking for a block altitude?
I wouldn’t need that much a chunk of air, just about 2000 feet (2000 MSL to 4000) and this would be outside KJAN airspace (class E).
After I am done doing my airwork and advise ATC that I am returning back to KMBO, would I need to advise that I am no longer VFR and do the usual cancel IFR after descending to VFR below the cloud deck?
Thoughts most appreciated.