|1. Q. What does a “CLIMB VIA” clearance mean? - Comply with the lateral path of the SID
- Comply with all published speed restrictions
- Comply with all published altitude restrictions Esta no .
2. Q. When could I receive a climb via clearance? A. Either with your initial ATC departure clearance or as an airborne clearance. Esta no.
3. Q. I receive Pre Departure Clearances (PDC). How will I know if I have received a climb via clearance?
A. The phrase “CLIMB VIA SID” will be included in the body of your PDC. Esta no .
4. Q. I am cleared to climb via a SID with a charted “Top Altitude” . What altitude am I cleared to? A. The charted “Top Altitude”, unless ATC assigns a different altitude. Esta no.
5. Q. How do I determine what altitude to climb to if I receive a climb via clearance? A. The clearance limit altitude, or ““Top Altitude” ,” of the procedure will be included in the narrative of the chart, such as “MAINTAIN FL190”. You would climb to maintain that altitude while complying with all published restrictions.
6. Q. What if the SID does not have published restrictions or a published “Top Altitude” ; what altitude will I climb to? A. Your initial ATC clearance will contain “MAINTAIN” followed by the altitude to climb and maintain. (“MAINTAIN 5000”). Esta no.
7. Q. I am cleared to “CLIMB VIA SID”, but the controller (or PDC) states “EXCEPT MAINTAIN” followed by an altitude. What altitude am I cleared to and do I have to comply with published altitude restrictions during my climb? A. You are cleared to the altitude that ATC assigned and you must comply with all other altitude and speed restrictions unless explicitly cancelled by ATC. (“CLIMB VIA SID, EXCEPT MAINTAIN NINE THOUSAND”)
8. Q. I am cleared to “Climb Via SID”. What if there is a published altitude restriction at a fix that is higher than the charted “Top Altitude” ? A. You are only cleared to the charted “Top Altitude” contained in the narrative of the procedure, unless ATC assigns a different altitude. Esta no .
9. Q. What if I depart on a climb via clearance and later given a clearance to “Climb and Maintain” an altitude; should I comply with any published altitude restrictions? A. NO. Unlike a “Climb Via” clearance, when cleared to “Climb and Maintain,” you are expected to vacate your current altitude and commence an unrestricted climb to comply with the clearance. For aircraft already climbing via a SID, published altitude restrictions are deleted unless re- issued by ATC. Speed restrictions remain in effect unless the controller explicitly cancels or amends the speed restrictions.
10. Q. I depart on a climb via clearance with a “Top Altitude” of 15,000 feet and the departure controller says “Climb via the (SID NAME) departure, EXCEPT MAINTAIN one three thousand.” Do I comply with any published altitude restrictions prior to reaching 13,000? A. YES. All published restrictions, including speed, are mandatory. Esta no.