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Heading after takeoff for IFR plans (w/o SIDs)...

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Hi Dave, 

             When cleared for departure, I am instructed to maintain runway heading until a certain altitude and then turn to an assigned heading. I assume this initial heading is for me to intercept the course (the magenta line on P2ATC map) to my first waypoint in the IFR plan. However, after turning to the assigned heading after takeoff, ATC does not give any further heading instructions. Upon reaching the magenta line, am I suppose to turn direct to the 1st waypoint? Even without clearance or instruction? If I don't turn, then I just keep flying further away from my planned waypoints. Shouldn't there be a "Proceed on course" command or 'Turn to xxx heading and proceed as filed"? Again this is IFR plan w/o SIDS and without AI traffic. Thanks

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Yes, you are supposed to intercept the course to the first waypoint.  The heading instruction from ATC usually includes something like "...turn right to heading 140 to intercept course..."

Dave

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My apologies, ATC does indeed say turn to intercept. I was confused because the Say It instructions for readback in the box doesn't include the "intercept" part. 

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