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ODP Mins.

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An ODP will typically list a specific ceiling and specific visibility( Example :" 400-2 or std. with min. climb gradient 300 ft./nm".) if standard vis. conditions  have a higher than standard climb gradient (greater than 200 ft. nm) and a aircraft that cannot meet the higher than standard climb gradient should use the higher mins. (400-2).

Reference KMRN ODP for runway 21. Runway 21 only lists takeoff mins. for standard conditions. It does not give a "or" option as in the example above. Does this imply that even if the vis. is greater than standard that you must always climb at the published 225. ft. nm?


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    John D Collins on Jan 14, 2014

    Dan, you can find your answer in the AIM, section 5−2−8. Instrument Departure Procedures (DP) − Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODP) and Standard Instrument Departures (SID).

    In short, the answer is yes, the 225 feet per NM is required until reaching the specified altitude of 3,800 MSL, after which 200 feet/NM would apply.

    When a ceiling and visibility other than standard is specified, it is so that the pilot may see and avoid obstacles close in to the departure end of the runway.

    Read subsection c.1. as it provides a detailed discussion on the topic.

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  2. Dan Chitty on Jan 14, 2014

    Thank you John.

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