Departure plates Planning for the route of flight is an integral part of preflight
preparation. Once the appropriate DP has been selected, its name and number (as
appropriate) are entered in the route of flight block of the flight plan. Always consult
NOTAMs for any changes. Since, in most cases, the pilot can expect ATC to issue the
clearance as filed, it is advantageous to utilize a DP because it enables the pilot to
anticipate the departure instructions. The departure plate must be studied thoroughly for
headings, courses, altitude restrictions, and climb gradients. Figures 61, 62, 63, and
64 provide examples of various DPs.
If the pilot does not possess a DP or does not wish to use one,
he/she is expected to advise ATC. This may be accomplished by
stating "NO DP" in the remarks section of the flight plan or by
verbally advising ATC.
Amplification Many military and civilian fields have no published DPs. A radar
departure is a procedure used in the absence of a DP, or if the pilot elects not to fly the
published DP for some reason. The radar departure may use radar vector instructions or
allow aircraft to proceed direct to a point along the flight plan route. When departing an
airport via a radar departure, the pilot generally files direct to the nearest fix along his
intended route of flight. The pilot may only expect a radar vector departure if it is
requested in the remarks section of the flight plan, otherwise a DP may be assigned by
ATC if a DP is available.
File the flight plan.
Place your clearance on request, copy and read back entire clearance.
Tune and identify the required NAVAIDS for the departure.
Refer to the following examples for setting up NAVAIDS:
Figure 61 TACAN on NGP Ch. 87X VOR on CRP frequency 115.5.
Figure 62 TACAN on NPA Ch. 119X VOR not required.
Figure 63 TACAN on ORD Ch. 86X VOR on first enroute NAVAID.
6-6 RADIO INSTRUMENT FLIGHT PROCEDURES