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Features February 2013 Issue

Plan a Safe Departure

From simple text-based obstacle departures to complex charted routings, these procedures both keep you safely above the terrain and allow you to fit into the ATC system.

Many of us would rather fly an approach to minimums in harsh conditions than depart in the same weather. Perhaps one of the reasons is that we thoroughly brief the approach and have the opportunity to make sure we’re stabilized on the approach. But on a departure, it all seems to happen at once. We’ve got to deal with multiple configuration changes to the airplane while immediately handling some occasionally challenging navigational chores. A thorough…

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