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Trivia Teaser: Safety First

If it is not possible to get a departure clearance from ATC, and you absolutely must take off from an uncontrolled airport in IMC, what’s the best and safest way for you to depart?
A) Maintain at least a 500 foot per minute climb
B) Climb straight ahead and do not make any turn until in VMC conditions
C) Fly the approach in reverse
D) Don’t; walk!

If it is not possible to get a departure clearance from ATC, and you absolutely must take off from an uncontrolled airport in IMC, what’s the best and safest way for you to depart?
A) Maintain at least a 500 foot per minute climb
B) Climb straight ahead and do not make any turn until in VMC conditions
C) Fly the approach in reverse
D) Don’t; walk!

Arguably, it might be choice C: Simply flying the approach in reverse would work best, because it would best guarantee obstacle clearance. Of course, somehow prior to entering into controlled airspace, you'd better let ATC know about it, and they would determine exactly what route they would want you to fly. But out in the middle of nowhere (assuming the field had an approach), this would be the best way to go. These sorts of impromptu (and even “pop up” clearances) do take a little intestinal fortitude. (Note that there are airports with approach procedures but no departure procedure.) Yes, doing this reverse approach thing is legal, even if the airport in class G underlies class E, but it could be non-habit forming...

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About This Author:
Jeff Pardo is an aviation writer in Maryland with commercial ASEL, instrument, helicopter, and glider ratings. He started flying in 1989 and has about 1500 hours. Jeff holds a bachelors in meteorology and oceanography, as well as an MS in marine science. Prior to his present tenure at SES, Jeff worked in flight dynamics for various telecommunication firms for 15 years. He has flown mostly Cessna and Piper airplanes and R-22 helicopters, and has about 70 hours in J3 and Citabria aircraft. He has flown as a mission pilot for the Civil Air Patrol, as a mission pilot for Angel Flight, and he was a contributing editor for AOPA Flight Training for about 10 years.
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