ATC Takeoff heading!

I have a question about contacting tower on takeoff. When you state which direction you are departing to, is that the north/east/south/west of the map or of the runway? (ie, of the runway, north would be straight on out the runway) Thankyoy in advance!

It is of the map not runway. North of the runway being straight out would make no sense, north is not a variable direction indicator, it is fixed


Once you have taken off, it is the direction you will turn to and fly toward your destination.

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It’s all in the topic linked above :)