Flying the ODP

Obstacle Departure Procedures: A Deadly IFR Trap

We offer a detailed look at Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODPs), an important and often misunderstood IFR procedure. Learn what they are, how to find them, and a common (deadly) mistake. Here’s a quick refresher, a detailed briefing, and then a complete flight.

These videos are taken from the Real World IFR video series, lead by pilot Keith Smith.

Video 1: ODP Refresher

The videos below are for pilots who want to see exactly how to brief and fly a real ODP.


Video 2: Briefing

Video 3: Flight

Video 4: Debrief