Easy answer, at least where I am. I end up flying in & around metro DC, Philly, Baltimore, NY, sometimes Boston, and traveling in the system in those areas is way, way, way less stressful than going VFR (which I've also done a lot of).
Also, being able to pop above a layer, rather than trying to navigate under that same ragged 1500-foot broken crud, is just a better way to live life.
Obviously the RV isn't always a substitute for travel on commercial flights - Mother Nature must be respected - but when it is, it can be truly glorious. As just one example, I can get to Cape Cod from Quinton VA in under 3 hours on a Friday afternoon. Try that with the airlines.
Having done both in the Bahamas and Dominican Republic, I'd agree that VFR is usually the way to go there. I can't speak to the other Caribbean islands.
Originally Posted by Chattin35
VFR flying is so so so much more fun. RV's are probably the funnest and best flying airplanes in all of GA (no they definitely are). Why waste that droning along in the system?
If I have to pick up a clearance while flying my -7, it's a borderline emergency situation and I goofed up my planning/decision making. Modern experimental avionics and foreflight are very good backups in that situation, though. Probably better than anything in the certified world (no definitely better).
Like I said earlier, if lives or business depends on getting there on time, go airlines or charter a pro. For fun, enjoyment, and the pure bliss of flight, take the RV.
There's no reason to file IFR. You can do basically everything VFR. I flew my -7 over the ocean to the Caribbean too. All VFR
VFR rules, IFR drools