4. Departure


To determine the candidate’s ability to safely dePart in accordance with a clearance given by ATC or a simulated clearance given by the examiner.


The candidate will complete the departure procedures, including an instrument function check, and establish the helicopter on the enroute course, as cleared in accordance with the Instrument Flight Rules.  The candidate will control the helicopter solely with reference to flight instruments once in flight and above 200 feet AAE, unless otherwise specified in a departure procedure.

Performance Criteria

Assessment will be based on the candidate’s ability to:

  1. select and use the appropriate communications frequencies;
  2. select and identify the navigation aids associated with the proposed departure phase;
  3. verify that course indications correspond to the intended navigational equipment;
  4. perform instrument function check;

Note: To avoid the shaded area of the Height Velocity Diagram, the function check of the vertical speed indicator and altimeter will be performed on the initial phase of the climb.

  1. safely taxi while respecting runway signs and avoiding a runway incursion;
  2. accomplish the applicable checklist items and perform recommended procedures;
  3. maintain proper helicopter control and flight within operating configurations and limitations;
  4. intercept, in a timely manner, all tracks, radials, and bearings appropriate to the procedure, route, or ATC clearances and instructions;
  5. adhere to departure and transition procedures or ATC instructions;
  6. maintain assigned headings (±10 degrees);
  7. maintain assigned tracks and bearings (±10 degrees); and
  8. climb to and maintain assigned altitudes (±100 feet).
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