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Quiz: 6 Questions To See How Much You Know About Standard Instrument Departures

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  1. 1) You're on the ground at San Diego International Airport (KSAN) for a routine charter flight to Seattle, WA (KSEA) in your Citation X. Clearance delivery says "Citation 312AB, you are cleared to KSEA as filed, climb via the CWARD TWO departure..." You filed the SLI transition.

    Prior to departure, you review the NOTAMs and realize that the SLI VOR is out of service for the next 48 hours. Can you fly the SID? (you're RNAV/GPS equipped, Part 91)
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    You don't need the VOR to be operative if you have GPS, because GPS can be used to substitute a VOR when used as a fix.

    You don't need the VOR to be operative if you have GPS, because GPS can be used to substitute a VOR when used as a fix.

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  2. 2) You're cleared for the Miami Six departure, and you're using runway 8L. How much higher is the required climb gradient from standard?
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    The standard climb gradient is 200 ft/nm. This departure procedure, if departing from runway 8L, requires you to maintain a climb gradient of 383 ft/nm, which is 183 ft/nm higher than standard.

    The standard climb gradient is 200 ft/nm. This departure procedure, if departing from runway 8L, requires you to maintain a climb gradient of 383 ft/nm, which is 183 ft/nm higher than standard.

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  3. 3) You're in a Gulfstream G650 getting your IFR clearance to Los Angeles, CA (KLAX). You were cleared as filed, and told to climb via the CONNR FIVE departure. You contact ground, and you're instructed to taxi to runway 16R.

    With an estimated ground speed on departure of 210 knots, what is the lowest climb rate required for this procedure when climbing from 6,000' to 16,000'?
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    Because you are departing runway 16R, you need a minimum climb gradient of 250 ft/nm above 5,934' (you are at 6,000'). So, 210kts/60 x 250 ft/nm = 875 FPM.

    Because you are departing runway 16R, you need a minimum climb gradient of 250 ft/nm above 5,934' (you are at 6,000'). So, 210kts/60 x 250 ft/nm = 875 FPM.

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  4. 4) You just started up your King Air 350i on the GA ramp in San Fransisco, CA. You call up clearance delivery and they say, "King Air 321YX, you are cleared to the Chicago O'hare airport as filed, climb via the SAHEY THREE departure. San Fransisco departure frequency is 135.1. Squawk 4281"

    What altitude are you climbing up to if you filed SAHEY3.NTELL and are assigned 10L for departure?
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    Many SIDs include a top altitude--the altitude you will climb to during a "climb via". Usually you can expect to receive a higher altitude upon reaching this altitude (or earlier, within 10 minutes of departure).

    Many SIDs include a top altitude--the altitude you will climb to during a "climb via". Usually you can expect to receive a higher altitude upon reaching this altitude (or earlier, within 10 minutes of departure).

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  5. 5) You're preflight planning for your flight from Atlanta, GA to West Palm Beach, FL. You decide to fly the BANNG TWO departure.

    How would you file this procedure with the LUCKK transition?
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    On a SID, you file the procedure first, followed by a decimal, and then the transition. So in your flight plan, you would file BANNG2.LUCKK

    On a SID, you file the procedure first, followed by a decimal, and then the transition. So in your flight plan, you would file BANNG2.LUCKK

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  6. 6) You're flying from New York (KJFK) to Halifax, Nova Scotia (CYHZ). You're assigned the BETTE SIX departure departing from runway 22R for the Gateway Climb.

    You filed "KJFK BETTE6.BETTE KANNI YQI V312 YHZ CYHZ". ATC informs you that you're no longer in radar contact as you depart the coastline. Do you need to report crossing KANNI?
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    Because you are no longer in radar coverage, you need to report your position at all compulsory reporting points. These points are indicated by a solid black fix/waypoint.

    Because you are no longer in radar coverage, you need to report your position at all compulsory reporting points. These points are indicated by a solid black fix/waypoint.

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Corey Komarec

Corey is a commercial aviation student, CFII and commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings at the University of North Dakota. Corey has been flying since he was 16, and he's pursuing a career in the airlines. You can reach him at corey@boldmethod.com.

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