Tower says fly runway heading and climb to 7000 ft. Contact Approach and further climb instructions given. No resume own nav until I was 156 miles off course. Should I have just followed the SID? Apparently I cant request direct to XXX until I get resume own nav?
To tell exactly what happened we need to see the log file for the flight, which is the debug_monitor.log file from your PF3\Logs folder. The file needs to be zipped to be attached to your post. However, you were given heading instructions off the runway ('Fly runway heading') which means SID mode was not activated. When SID mode is off, you will get vectors to put you on course to your first waypoint. If SID mode is on, you will not be given an initial heading or vectors off the runway and will instead be cleared for the Delta Papa or some other SID name you have designated. It is then up to you to navigate to your first flight-plan waypoint, using a published procedure or whatever you want. You are still expected to hit your first waypoint. And yes you cannot request 'Direct To' until you are cleared to resume own navigation.