Anyone who has flown in the US will know just how easy it is, but talking about it over here, particularly with regulators, usually just elicits a roll of the eyes or a comment about how Europe is different for one reason or another.
I did a bit of US flying recently that showed, once again, that they just do General Aviation better than anywhere else.
Approaching Emporia Kansas (KEMP) I called Flight Service on 122.3 and filed an IFR flight plan from Emporia to Clermont County in Ohio (I69). When it came to working out the route, I just asked for DCT. The leg would be something like 560nm.
Taking off from Emporia (which, like almost all airports is open 24hrs a day with pilot-operated lights and self-service fuel) I called Kansas City Center and asked to pick up our IFR clearance, which was "Cleared dct I69, climb and maintain etc. etc."
I've just had a look at a similar length route in Europe, EGBJ to LFMD, and after a few minutes of playing around with the excellent Eurofpl I've got as far as
CFMU reply: ROUTE135: THE SID LIMIT IS EXCEEDED FOR AERODROME EGBJ [EGBJ50577A] CONNECTING TO LFMD.
ROUTE134: THE STAR LIMIT IS EXCEEDED FOR AERODROME LFMD [LFMD51850B] CONNECTING TO EGBJ
I'm sure I'd get there eventually, but it could hardly be called simple, and there's no way in the world that any acceptable or flown route would be anything like direct.
Still, things are different here…
Just managed to find a route that works thanks to the Excellent FlightPlanPro
MALBY L9 CPT N859 SITET A34 KOVAK H20 DOMOD A3 NEV R31 MTL A3 AMFOU
It carries a 10% route length overhead, although the route actually flown would undoubtedly be different, and probably shorter.
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