This section of the FTI discusses instrument flight procedures in sequence by phase of flight.
The departure phase of instrument flight includes that portion of your flight occurring from takeoff to level
off at your enroute altitude and requires specific communication and standard instrument departure
DEPARTURE COMMUNICATION PROCEDURES
In your initial communication with clearance delivery, you should state your aircraft identification, location
on the airport, type of operation planned (VFR or IFR), point of first intended landing, and request (i.e.
clearance on request). If no delay is expected, you should receive your clearance within 30 minutes of
filing your flight plan.
Your IFR clearance should contain the following information in order:
Departure instructions or SID
Route of flight
Special information, including departure frequency and IFF code
You should not accept a clearance if it has a clearance limit short of your destination, an altitude not in the
filed route structure, or an altitude at which sufficient fuel reserves would not be available, unless you
receive an expected further clearance time (EFC) or expected higher (suitable) altitude, as appropriate.
STANDARD INSTRUMENT DEPARTURE (SID)
The standard instrument departure (SID) is designed to expedite traffic from airfields and provide a set
transition from takeoff to the enroute structure while ensuring adequate vertical and horizontal aircraft
separation. The two types of SIDs are pilot nav (Figure 14) and vector (Figure 15).
Procedures - SID Preflight and pre-takeoff preparation
Identify frequencies used by ATC and ensure compatibility with communication equipment
Determine if your aircrafts performance is adequate to adhere to all restrictions
Identify routes, altitude, and specific restrictions
NOTE: When accepting a SID, you must comply with all requirements and restrictions unless ATC