The KFDK departure procedure for RWY 23 states:

DEPARTURE PROCEDURE: Rwy 23, climb heading 229° to 1200 before turning right.

Does this only apply if making any sort of right turn after takeoff i.e. to the west? If my course was east or south and would I still need to climb to 1200, make a right turn, and effectively make a right climbing turn to fly back over the airport to get on course?

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    $\begingroup$ If you intend to turn left I don't see any constraint. The ODP only constrains right turns, presumably due to obstacles in that direction. Could you clarify your question? $\endgroup$ – J Walters Feb 1 at 2:08
  • $\begingroup$ That is exactly my question. If I wanted to turn left, is there a constraint? $\endgroup$ – rainkinz Feb 1 at 4:51
  • $\begingroup$ The way I read it, no matter which direction my final course will be, I'm supposed to fly to 1200 then make a right turn through 220 degrees to get on an easterly heading. It's the 'before' part of the description that is confusing, does it mean 'before turns to the right' (implying you're fine if you turn left)? $\endgroup$ – rainkinz Feb 1 at 13:26
  • $\begingroup$ Presumably you would always make a right turn when departing runway 23 since a left turn would take you straight into the Washington TFR $\endgroup$ – expeditedescent Feb 1 at 20:49
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    $\begingroup$ @Rainkinz, I see your point of confusion, but you have the instructions misunderstood. If the ODP needed aircraft to turn in a particular direction it would prescribe a heading. In this case it is specifying that a turn to the right of the extended centerline will be protected if above the prescribed altitude. $\endgroup$ – J Walters Feb 2 at 3:34

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