KBUF737 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 779 posts, RR: 3 Posted (11 years 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2895 times:
Everytime I try to fly over the pond GPS automatically routes me way up toward alaska then does this great circle route thing back toward Frankfurt. I've gone up and down the east coast: BOS, PHL, MIA, ATL, IAD, EWR to all different places in europe and they all do the same thing. Is this a glitch that can be easily fixed?
NorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3077 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2784 times:
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i learned long ago to make my own flightplans with the flightplanner for anything long haul. Its easy enough to do... just create a direct GPS route, then edit it by clicking on the line and dragging it to a navpoint (waypoint, vor, ndb, airport)... i normally use airways in my planning as well so i just follow the pink and blue lines as i go, adding every waypoint and navaid as i go.
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NAV20 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 9909 posts, RR: 36
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2722 times:
Don't know about Alaska, but the most direct route from say NYC or Boston to Northern Europe does go over a lot of Canada. Most atlases use the 'Mercator Projection', which is misleading - looks as if the correct route is due west from New York. In fact the direction is pretty nearly north-east. New York is a long way south of Frankfurt - 40 degrees latitude as opposed to 50 degrees. New York is actually at about the same latitude as Madrid.
Don't worry, KBU, the great circle route is actually the shortest way!
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