Instrument Departure Procedures – Part 3, Win a Cessna Book (or any other RSV manual)

March 17th, 2011

Here’s a challenge:

Anyone out there who can give a definitive reference to the following, from ICAO, either confirming or denying this, please post the reference, we’ll send you a free Cessna Training Manual or other book of your choice from Red Sky Ventures. The first verified answer can have one free night in any rental apartment owned by the site sponsors (including, Swakopmuind Namibia, and Blue Coral Resort, Mactan, Phillipines)

For an aircraft to depart in IMC, the operator must ensure safe terrain clearance.

To do this he/she/they need to either:
1) Follow a published departure procedure (either operator or state – providing it is approved by the state)
2) Maintain VMC conditions to MSA or
3) Be at an airfield that permits omni directional departures (there are no obstacles penetrating the 2.5% (1:40) OCS, said airfield would need to be surveyed and confirmed as such.

You cannot take a WAC, terminal or enroute chart out, measure the distances to the nearest obstacles and plan your own departure procedure, although I hear this option is available to NON commercial aircraft in the FAA system only.

The above points, IMHO are proven by the entirety of PANSOPS Section 3, however many fail to believe this, and many more take up the dangerous task of departing in IMC without appropriate terrain clearance because of it, and hence we are looking for a more exact quote as per the clear compliance contained in FAA and Canadian airlaw.

This is an ongoing debate you may have noticed, I do hope to get some closure before all procedural airports die.

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