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Proper way to set up first waypoint?

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I remember reading....I need to have my first waypoint within 5 miles of the departure airport?Is this true?I've done this before, taken off, flew there, and proceeded onwards to the rest of my checkpoints, and I always get yelled at for being off course.

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Giz,No one said that anywhere.You can set your first waypoint 1000 miles away if you want.What was said is that you have to CROSS waypoints within 5 miles 30 miles or greater from the departure airport, or within 2 miles less than 30 miles frpm the airport, since you are on a DP.Since you can get any runway, the odds of hitting a waypoint only 5 miles away is very slim. Plus, you would hardly even be off Tower frequency and not credited.

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