5-8-2. INITIAL HEADING

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  • 5-8-2. INITIAL HEADING

    1. Before departure, assign the initial heading to be flown if a departing aircraft is to be vectored immediately after takeoff.
      • PHRASEOLOGY
      • FLY RUNWAY HEADING.
      • TURN LEFT/RIGHT, HEADING (degrees).
      • NOTE:
      • 1. TERMINAL. A purpose for the heading is not necessary, since pilots operating in a radar environment associate assigned headings with vectors to their planned route of flight.
      • 2. ATC assumes responsibility for terrain and obstacle avoidance when IFR aircraft are below the minimum IFR altitude (MVA, MIA, MEA) and are taken off departure/missed approach procedures, or are issued go-around instructions, except when utilizing a Diverse Vector Area (DVA) with an aircraft departing from the surface.
    2. Issue an altitude to maintain with the initial heading when the heading will take the aircraft off a departure procedure that contains both a published lateral path to a waypoint and crossing restrictions.
    3. When conducting simultaneous parallel runway departures utilizing RNAV SIDs, advise aircraft of the initial fix/waypoint on the RNAV route.
      • PHRASEOLOGY
      • RNAV to (fix/waypoint), RUNWAY (number), CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF.
      • EXAMPLE
      • “RNAV to MPASS, Runway Two-Six Left, cleared for takeoff.”
      • NOTE:
      • 1. TERMINAL. A purpose for an initial waypoint advisory is not necessary since pilots associate this advisory with the flight path to their planned route of flight. Pilots must immediately advise ATC if a different RNAV SID is entered in the aircraft FMS.
      • 2. The SID transition is not restated as it is contained in the ATC clearance.
      • 3. Aircraft cleared via RNAV SIDs designed to begin with a vector to the initial waypoint are assigned a heading before departure.
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