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Callsign Dep Arr Status ETA
PAC1936 KLAX PANC Departing
AAL2258 KLAX KDFW Enroute 2230
AAL210 KLAX TJSJ Enroute 0135
AAL2 KLAX CYYZ Enroute 0014
AA2649 KLAX KDFW Enroute 2320
PAY6132 KLAX KSDL Arriving
UPS98 KLAX PANC Enroute 0323
WJA701 KLAX CYVR Enroute 2335
UN1275 KLAX KSAN Departing
AAL1735 KLAX PHLI Enroute 0327
KLM602 KLAX EHAM Enroute 0823
ACA555 KLAX CYVR Enroute 0058
AAL1007 KLAX KLAS Departing
DAL2423 KLAX KSEA Departing
MET525 KLAX KLAS Departing

Arrivals (11)

Callsign Dep Arr Status ETA
CLX38B EGPK KLAX Enroute 0307
AAL2283 KMIA KLAX Enroute 2329
ACA783 CYUL KLAX Enroute 0013
BAW269 EGLL KLAX Enroute 0408
AAL240 KDCA KLAX Enroute 0119
ASA150 PANC KLAX Enroute 0123
UAL1817 KPHX KLAX Enroute 2235
DAL287 KSAN KLAX Arriving
BAW281 EGLL KLAX Enroute 2230
N547PW KPSP KHHR Enroute 2234
ETD171 OMAA KLAX Enroute 1602

Los Angeles (SoCal) 26

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UPS3187 KONT PHNL Enroute 0254

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UAL5150 KSFO KONT Arriving

Empire (SoCal) 2

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DAL287 KSAN KLAX Arriving
N85640 KSAN KSNA Departing
N567DD KSAN KSNA Departing

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UN1275 KLAX KSAN Departing
AAL2311 KSFO KSAN Enroute 2227
N58JK KL08 KOKB Enroute 2223
NKS261 KLAS KSAN Departing

San Diego (SoCal) 7

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N190JB KSNA KFMN Enroute 2339

Arrivals (2)

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N85640 KSAN KSNA Departing
N567DD KSAN KSNA Departing

Coast (SoCal) 3

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SWA2722 KBUR KDEN Departing
SWA1368 KBUR KDEN Departing

Burbank (SoCal) 2

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N547PW KPSP KHHR Enroute 2234

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ASA1484 KSFO KPSP Enroute 2220
VRD1484 KSFO KPSP Enroute 2228

Palm Springs (SoCal) 3

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SWA43MT KLAS KPDX Enroute 2218
FDX73 KLAS KMEM Enroute 2221
DAL2976 KLAS KMSP Enroute 2229
OAE106 KLAS PHNL Enroute 0235
NKS261 KLAS KSAN Departing
ASA1905 KLAS KSFO Departing

Arrivals (5)

Callsign Dep Arr Status ETA
AAL101 KMIA KLAS Enroute 0050
SWA7108 KSFO KLAS Departing
DST1873 KEUG KLAS Enroute 2327
AAL1007 KLAX KLAS Departing
MET525 KLAX KLAS Departing

Las Vegas 11

Departures (1)

Callsign Dep Arr Status ETA
UKV1307 KGCN KPHX Enroute 2219

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    How Do I Fly This Departure?

    How Do I Fly This Departure?

    A guide to flying some of the most common departure procedures out of Los Angeles Airport


    So you’ve probably been cleared to an airport via one of Los Angeles’s numerous standard instrument departures, or SIDs. You punch in the SID into your FMC, takeoff, set LNAV/VNAV, and you’re confused as to why the controller is telling you that you’re flying the departure incorrectly. Hopefully this article can provide some answers.


    Airspace

    The Los Angeles International Airport deals with a number of arrival streams in close proximity to the airport itself. Most notably is the SADDE stream, which deals mostly with arrivals from the San Francisco Bay Area -- from SFO alone is the second-busiest route in the United States, handling over 50 aircraft daily and just under four million passengers annually. On the network, SFO-LAX is the busiest citypair worldwide. The SIDs leaving Los Angeles are thus designed to avoid conflicting with this stream, and it is more important than ever to fly these departure procedures correctly.


    The VTU6 Departure (VTU6)

    Despite being one of the simplest departure procedures from KLAX, this is the most common mis-flown departure procedure that we see on the network.



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    Common Mistakes
     
    • Flying directly to VTU or RZS upon departure
    • Busting through the assigned top altitude
    • Claiming that the departure procedure is unflyable because it’s not in the FMC

    How To Fly This Departure

    When filing this departure, you’ll probably get this clearance from Los Angeles Clearance:


    LAX_DEL: “UAL511, cleared to the San Francisco Airport, Ventura Six Departure, San Marcus Transition, then as filed, climb via SID, except maintain 5,000, departure frequency 124.500, squawk 7102”


    The controller has cleared you via the Ventura Six Departure, so make sure you have the chart on-hand (it’s also posted in this article). Note that the departure doesn’t say anything about turning direct VTU. Indeed, the route description just tells you to fly runway heading:


    TAKEOFF RUNWAYS 24L/R, 25L/R: Climb on heading 251° for RADAR vectors to VTU VOR/DME, cross SMO R-154 at or below 3000, thence. . . .

    . . . .on (assigned transition) or (assigned route). Expect further clearance to filed flight level three minutes after departure.


    All you should be doing when flying this departure is flying runway heading (251, or 071 when departing 6L/R or 7L/R) and following the altitude restrictions up to 5,000. Do not turn direct VTU on your own. Turn direct to VTU or RZS only when the controller tells you to. Don’t worry, he hasn’t forgotten about you; when you’re cleared direct VTU or RZS, it’ll sound something like this:


    LAX_DEP: “UAL511, cleared direct Ventura, resume Ventura Six Departure”


    Set your FMC to proceed direct Ventura (VTU). It will be your responsibility to continue flying via your transition (if applicable), and then your route. The RZS transition takes you from VTU direct to RZS, and the DINTY transition takes you to SUDDO, then DINTY. Once you’ve flown the transition, you’re set! You’ve flown the VTU6 departure flawlessly.


    The LOOP8 Departure

    Although more complicated than the VTU6 departure, it’s essential that pilots fly this departure correctly.



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    Common Mistakes
     
    • Turning Direct LAX immediately upon departure
    • Flying the wrong initial heading
    • Turning right direct LAX
    • Claiming that the departure procedure is unflyable because it’s not in the FMC

    How To Fly This Departure

    When filing this departure, you’ll probably get this clearance from Los Angeles Delivery:


    LAX_DEL: “N484TR, cleared to the San Francisco Airport, LOOP Eight Departure, Daggett Transition, then as filed, climb via SID, except maintain 5,000, departure frequency 124.500, squawk 7050”


    This is another departure in which most pilots will blame their FMCs for making them fly the departure incorrectly. Trust us, we’ve heard it hundreds of times before. Given that this is another radar vector departure, you shouldn’t be using your FMC much immediately upon departure anyway. Let’s take a look at the chart.


    Notice that the initial headings from runways 24L/R and 25L/R are different -- 250 and 235, respectively. The controller doesn’t have to issue these headings -- if you’re cleared via a departure, you’re responsible for flying it correctly. Set your heading selector to the appropriate heading, and maintain that heading upon departure. Do not engage LNAV/VNAV, or turn direct LAX on your own.


    In a few miles, the controller will issue an instruction like this:


    LAX_DEP: “N484TR, turn left direct Los Angeles, resume LOOP8 Departure”


    Notice that the controller specifically gives you a left turn. This is by design -- turning right on departure causes collisions with the LAX north complex and the SADDE stream -- don’t do it!


    After turning direct LAX, it is your responsibility to fly the rest of the departure, complying with altitude restrictions along the way. In other words, you will navigate from LAX (at or above 10,000 feet) to KEGGS (at or above 13,000), and COOPP (at or above 15,000). Once you get to DAG, you’re done! You’ve flown the LOOP8 departure correctly.