straight out departure only, proper procedure

If I am issued a “frequency change approved” instruction during climbout, am I still obligated to extend my departure leg through the end of the cone?

Figure this question has been asked and answered, so feel free to link me and close it out.

Blue skies.


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Yes, please follow the straight out instructions in ATIS (or the altitude given to you by the tower controller upon takeoff). Just because you tuned out of tower doesn’t mean you won’t hit any other aircraft by turning. :)

Edit: Keep in mind that you don’t necessarily have to fly to the end of the cone. The point of straight out departures is so that you maintain runway heading until clear of any traffic that you may collide with if turning.

Happy flying!


As @TaipeiGuru said, you do not have to fly to the end of the cone (unless said in ATIS straight out departures only or when tower tells you fly runway heading until at or above XXXX feet). If a departure frequency is active, always listen to their instructions, but other than that, you can fly according to your flight plan.


So which is it?

@TaipeiGuru’s answer makes sense. Maintain runway heading ‘until clear of traffic’…even if straight out departures only is called for in the ATIS.

What do you mean?

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