CABAA Visual Departure PWK

Pilot Tips for the CABAA Visual Departure at KPWK


The CABAA Visual Departure, activated on January 3, 2011, was developed in cooperation with ATC and the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) Air Traffic Control Committee. It was needed due to the opening of Runway 27R at the Chicago O'Hare International Airport (KORD) in order to prevent takeoff delays by providing for separation of traffic during visual conditions. It is to be used in conjunction with an IFR clearance for departing Runway 16 with the pilot being responsible for aircraft separation until under IFR control by the TRACON. This procedure is not published in the Jeppesen Charts but can be found in the Airport/Facility Directory.

When to Utilize This Procedure

  • First, make sure you are familiar with the procedure before requesting it.
  • This procedure can only be used when weather minimums are above 3000' ceiling and visibility at least 3 miles
  • Ground delays at KPWK are being experienced due to excessive traffic at KORD
  • Operators are able to adhere to the procedure by being able to make the turn after takeoff, maintain VFR conditions and their individual operations manuals approving the use of this procedure

Requesting the Procedure

  • When requesting IFR clearance, check for any delays (Note: The Tower may not know of any at the present time
  • State normal IFR request: "Gulfstream N12345 requests IFR Clearance"
  • If the Tower knows of any delays upon issuing your clearance they will advise of such. Note: Delays may not be made known until you taxi out
  • If there are any delays request the CABAA Visual Departure. Example: "Gulfstream N12345 requests the CABAA Visual Departure"

ATC/Pilot Action

  • You will receive your normal IFR clearance with a squawk code. Example: "Gulfstream N12345 cleared to Teterboro via the Palwaukee 2 Departure, DUFEE as filed. Climb and maintain 3000 feet, departure control frequency 120.55. Squawk 1234"
  • If you already know of delays or the tower advises of delays on your taxi out you may request the CABAA Visual Departure. The tower will check with TRACON and advise you if you will be able to use it
  • If it is approved you will receive a clearance. Example: "Gulfstream N12345 you are cleared via the CABAA Visual Departure, right turn Bangs lake transition, runway 16 cleared for takeoff"
  • Upon take-off you will be VFR and are responsible for aircraft separation and avoidance of the class B airspace
  • You will be given a "Frequency change approved" to pick up your IFR, usually outside the Class D airspace. Note: When given this, use the departure frequency stated in the IFR Clearance
  • After the Frequency change, TRACON will state: "Your IFR starts now"


pdfCABAA Visual DP Narrative

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