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Features March 2019 Issue

Depart Midway, Again

Depart Midway, Again

Another look at the Chicago Midway departure procedures shows there’s more to the story. In fact, it pays to look at more than one procedure when briefing the departure.

Our February 2018 clinic (“Chicago’s Scenic Route”) discussing a particular procedure at Chicago Midway International led to some reader mail about what should happen. The Midway Three departure for Runways 4L and 4R, if interpreted on its face, would have indeed involved extra maneuvering just after takeoff, as we discussed. It has since been noted that this DP calls for a more logical sequence of steps to make it work. So we went back to take another look at the Midway Three along with the other DPs published there. The charts have since been updated a little to clarify when, where, and how high to go.

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