“Climb Via” Clearances for SIDs

Air traffic control will begin issuing “climb via” clearances on August 15, 2012 for aircraft flying some SIDs. The new clearance mimics the “descend via” language long in use for clearances to fly STARs. Although these clearances historically have applied mostly to turbojet aircraft, RNAV-based SIDs are becoming more common at airports frequented by small, piston-engine aircraft.

For more information about the new clearance, see this FAA video.

NBAA has a briefing on the topic here; tutorial here (PDF).

The new instructions will also be described in the next update to the AIM.

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