Vulindlela744 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 540 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1666 times:
I have noticed lately on the flight tracker sites that alot of the flights from Europe to Miami are taking a very southerly route. Not just the 4-holers but the 2-holers as well. I have flown to Europe at least 2 dozen times and on the return almost always flew north towards Canada and then. Does anyone know anything about this?
B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1464 times:
Dear Vulindlela744 -
As mentioned by our friend Rick, tracks are changed everyday and the way they are defined depends of the wind...
Airplanes can also be flown "random track" (a track requested by the operator) as long as it stays clear of the published tracks, or to "join" a published track. One other detail, as an example, from Florida to Europe, you mention twin-engine airplanes, it may be that they track a route within their ETOPS limits. Rick is an expert in this subject since he flies 767s... so do not ask me, I still have 4 motors with my dinosaurs.
I assume ETOPS on a Florida-Europe track (UK) would consider Bermuda, St John (Newfounland), Lajes (Azores) and Shannon to define their tracks.
Suggest you publish this type of subject in Tech.Ops next time, sometimes this would get lost in this forum, due to the large volume of postings.