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cdesai40
How to decide which SID to use

HI

I am new to Sky Vector.

I need to figure oout how to select a SID once i have entered a flight plan

e.g Depart fro KIAD arrive at KJFK

How do i figure the SID to use from the route

 

Thanks in advance

 

Cyrus desai

cverbil
SID choice

SIDs are chosen based primarily on two things:

 

1.  If multiple SIDs exist at the airport of departure, then choose one that 'aims' in the direction you are planning to go; i.e. has a fix/waypoint published on the procedure that is otherwise going to be on your way to wherever you are going; and

 

2.  Knowledge of local procedures used by ATC play a big part in choosing what SID you want, because frequently ATC only uses a certain SID for example if the wind is blowing from the south and favors departures off 18 instead of 36 (just an example there).  There may be several SIDs published for an airport, but ATC might be using one of them 99% of the time for operational (flow) reasons.

 

You can always file for any SID you want.  Just like any other IFR clearance, what you file, and what you actually get, may be two completely different things.