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The pilot said that after he had reported ready for takeoff at the holding point for runway 11 centre he was told that there would be a 5 minute delay in obtaining an airways clearance. After about 10 minutes he was advised that he could depart Bankstown, remaining outside controlled airspace (OCTA). He decided to proceed because he was obstructing other traffic. The aircraft was observed to track directly through the centre of restricted area R505 which was activated. Mode C radar readout showed the aircraft on climb to 3000 feet, confirming that the pilot had penetrated the restricted area and the control area without clearance. The pilot said he was unfamiliar with Sydney airspace boundaries and had Jeppesen charts for reference. He said in hindsight he should not have departed under the circumstances, but decided to do so as he felt he was impeding other traffic on the ground at Bankstown.
 
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