There is a hold on the Grand Junction Seven SID.

Grand Junction Seven SID

I would expect it is there so that ATC could hold you until you reach the enroute MEA but there is no written reference.

So, what is the reason for the hold? It is certainly not obvious from the plate or departure procedure.

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    $\begingroup$ I edited the question to clarify what you are asking. Try to keep the question on point and use formatting and images to make your question clear. $\endgroup$
    – Gerry
    Commented Feb 18, 2019 at 16:46

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If you look at the chart, you'll see that after takeoff you will arrive at JNC from either the east or the northeast. Transitions then proceed back in an easterly direction (045 to 113 degrees). With the possible exception of the Rwy 29 departure with the BRICK transition, the SID requires a course reversal at JNC. The charted hold provides a means and protected airspace for the course reversal.

And as you surmise, some aircraft may require climbing in the hold to reach the MEA.

  • $\begingroup$ I'm a little surprised there's no mention of the hold-in-lieu-of-PT in the textual description. $\endgroup$
    – Dave-CFII
    Commented Feb 19, 2019 at 12:23
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for the response but where did you pick up the idea that it "requires" a course reversal. It may become a useful tool for atc but it is not expressly required that I can see. The procedure is "thence" but no reference to the reversal.I agree that I may be a tool to be used to climb to the mea but are you saying the course reversal is implied due to direction? It is not specifically written anywhere. $\endgroup$
    – P Kofman
    Commented Feb 19, 2019 at 16:58

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