Back to Basics – Series 4, Lesson 10

SIDs and STARs

Now that we have become familiar with the basic navigation aids and some elementary holding techniques, we'll continue to up the ante by moving into the (not so) dark and mysterious world of SIDs and STARs.

In this tutorial, we explore the dark and mysterious world of SIDs and STARs.
In this tutorial, we explore the mysterious world of SIDs and STARs. Peter Stark

Standard Instrument Departures (SIDs)

Last issue, we saw how holding patterns are a very useful way of providing IFR aircraft separation. Standard Instrument Departures (SIDs) are another way ATC and pilots can ensure we all play nicely together in the skies. For now, let's imagine a busy regional airport where we have a mix of VFR and IFR aircraft perhaps ranging in size from small Cessnas to passenger jetliners.

We continue to use our trusty C172 as it provides a familiar environment as we develop more advanced IFR skills.
We continue to use our trusty C172 as it provides a familiar environment as we develop more advanced IFR skills. Peter Stark

Even with all the aircraft taking off in the same general direction, they all have their own flight plans that can involve them flying to all points of the compass. The potential for conflict is quite high.

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