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What’s this route? Cleared via CID VOR 001 001 Direct

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I was filing an IFR flight plan from KCID to KCID and the ATC gave me the clearance like this:

Cleared to Cedar Rapids airport via CID VOR 001 001 Direct, maintain blablah...

I'm just curious what this "001 001" means. Never heard of this.(CID VOR is 2 miles west of KCID.)

Thanks!

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  1. Kris Kortokrax on Oct 01, 2016

    If you were unclear about the clearance, the controller who issued it would be the person to ask what it meant. It doesn’t make any sense to depart when you don’t understand the clearance.

    What route did you follow when you departed?

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  2. John D Collins on Oct 01, 2016

    The route is to enable the controller to enter a round robin route that will be accepted by the system. This is done for pattern work (example inside the SFRA) or for someone who files a flightplan without a route and the departure and destination airport are the same. This might be the case if the pilot wanted to fly IFR and shoot some approaches at his home airport. So the literal route is to fly to a waypoint identified as 1 NM on the 001 radial of CID Vortac. In reality, the route will never be flown, I would expect you would be given radar vectors to an approach at KCID.

    I also agree with Kris’s comments.

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