During your conversation a text message arrives, but you delay looking at it because you are describing a highlight of the flight to the fueler, and the tale must not be interrupted.
Getting a reminder to close a VFR flight plan that has not been closed by 20 minutes after the estimated time of arrival is possible if you register for reminders. This service can include receiving a link to facilitate closing your flight plan. The service was just one of the methods pilots recommended using to keep from forgetting to close their flight plans during a social media discussion after publication of the Aug. 15 “Training Tip: An experiment to remember.”
Pilots have long been torn between using VFR flight plans for the safety they can provide, and avoiding VFR flight plans out of concern for forgetting to close them after landing before search-and-rescue inquiries, and a possible ALNOT (alert notification), are initiated.
Perhaps digital-age technology is shifting the balance more toward VFR flight plan use, as pilots share their methods and discuss the issue online in a dialog that prompted this comment from a student pilot: “OMG, I love it. In the beginning with my flight lessons, I was always forgetting to close my flight plan.”
Remember, even if you get “one of those calls” from flight service, the specialist will much prefer to hear that you are safely on the road home, or even nicely tucked in bed, than down somewhere en route.
And as one pilot noted after receiving such a call, the experience makes one “more cognizant in the future.”