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Departure Procedures

g. In both radar and nonradar environments, the

controller will state “Cleared to (destination) airport

as filed” or:

1. If a DP or DP transition is to be flown, specify

the DP name, the current DP number, the DP

transition name, the assigned altitude/flight level, and

any additional instructions (departure control fre-

quency, beacon code assignment, etc.) necessary to

clear a departing aircraft via the DP or DP transition

and the route filed.


National Seven Twenty cleared to Miami Airport

Intercontinental one departure, Lake Charles transition

then as filed, maintain Flight Level two seven zero.

2. When there is no DP or when the pilot cannot

accept a DP, the controller will specify the assigned

altitude or flight level, and any additional instructions

necessary to clear a departing aircraft via an

appropriate departure routing and the route filed.


A detailed departure route description or a radar vector

may be used to achieve the desired departure routing.

3. If it is necessary to make a minor revision to

the filed route, the controller will specify the assigned

DP or DP transition (or departure routing), the

revision to the filed route, the assigned altitude or

flight level and any additional instructions necessary

to clear a departing aircraft.


Jet Star One Four Two Four cleared to Atlanta Airport,

South Boston two departure then as filed except change

route to read South Boston Victor 20 Greensboro, maintain

one seven thousand.

4. Additionally, in a nonradar environment, the

controller will specify one or more fixes, as

necessary, to identify the initial route of flight.


Cessna Three One Six Zero Foxtrot cleared to Charlotte

Airport as filed via Brooke, maintain seven thousand.

h. To ensure success of the program, pilots should:

1. Avoid making changes to a filed flight plan

just prior to departure.

2. State the following information in the initial

call-up to the facility when no change has been made

to the filed flight plan: Aircraft call sign, location,

type operation (IFR) and the name of the airport (or

fix) to which you expect clearance.


“Washington clearance delivery (or ground control if

appropriate) American Seventy Six at gate one, IFR

Los Angeles.”

3. If the flight plan has been changed, state the

change and request a full route clearance.


“Washington clearance delivery, American Seventy Six at

gate one. IFR San Francisco. My flight plan route has been

amended (or destination changed). Request full route


4. Request verification or clarification from

ATC if ANY portion of the clearance is not clearly


5. When requesting clearance for the IFR

portion of a VFR/IFR flight, request such clearance

prior to the fix where IFR operation is proposed to

commence in sufficient time to avoid delay. Use the

following phraseology:


“Los Angeles center, Apache Six One Papa, VFR

estimating Paso Robles VOR at three two, one thousand

five hundred, request IFR to Bakersfield.”

5−2−7. Departure Restrictions, Clearance

Void Times, Hold for Release, and Release


a. ATC may assign departure restrictions, clear-

ance void times, hold for release, and release times,

when necessary, to separate departures from other

traffic or to restrict or regulate the departure flow.

1. Clearance Void Times. A pilot may receive

a clearance, when operating from an airport without

a control tower, which contains a provision for the

clearance to be void if not airborne by a specific time.

A pilot who does not depart prior to the clearance void

time must advise ATC as soon as possible of their

intentions. ATC will normally advise the pilot of the

time allotted to notify ATC that the aircraft did not

depart prior to the clearance void time. This time

cannot exceed 30 minutes. Failure of an aircraft to

contact ATC within 30 minutes after the clearance

void time will result in the aircraft being considered

overdue and search and rescue procedures initiated.


1. Other IFR traffic for the airport where the clearance is

issued is suspended until the aircraft has contacted ATC or

until 30 minutes after the clearance void time or 30 minutes

after the clearance release time if no clearance void time

is issued.


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