Question for community

Hello great community, I have a question for you: when I contact departure frequency after take-off, after check in, is compulsory to request vectors for my destination or I can request them only if I need vectors? Thanck you.

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Hi mate - If you’re IFR & have a flight plan, all you need to do on departure is Check In. No need to request vectors.

There’s some more info here if you’re interested:

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After check in, the controller will reply with “radar contact”, this indicates that they have identified you on their radar.

You can then safely follow your flight plan to your destination. ATC may give you vectors after departure if you were to conflict with an arriving aircraft for example, but I wouldn’t recommend requesting vectors after check in. You’re expected to follow your flight plan freely.


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