Flight Test Items - 4. Departure


To determine the candidate's competency to safely depart while complying with departure procedures, clearances and instructions.


The candidate will complete the departure procedures, including an instrument function check, and establish the aeroplane on the enroute course, as cleared in accordance with the Instrument Flight Rules. The candidate will control the aeroplane solely with reference to flight instruments once in flight and above 400 feet AAE, unless otherwise specified in a departure procedure.

Performance Criteria

Assessment will be based on the candidate's competency to:

  • (a) select and use the appropriate communications frequencies;
  • (b) select and identify the navigation aids associated with the proposed departure phase;
  • (c) verify that course indications correspond to the intended navigational equipment;
  • (d) perform an instrument check;
  • (e) safely taxi while respecting runway signs and avoiding a runway incursion;
  • (f) accomplish the applicable checklist items and perform recommended procedures;
  • (g) maintain acceptable aeroplane control while respecting mandatory operating limitations and the recommended configurations;
  • (h) intercept, in a timely manner, all tracks, radials, and bearings appropriate to the procedure, route, or ATC clearances and instructions;
  • (i) adhere to departure, noise abatement and transition procedures or ATC instructions;
  • (j) maintain assigned headings (±10 degrees);
  • (k) maintain assigned tracks and bearings (±10 degrees); and
  • (l) climb to and maintain assigned altitudes (±100 feet).
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