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User currently offlineAlee From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 63 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 709 times:

I want to know the difference between course and heading.

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User currently offlineFlightSimFreak From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 720 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 687 times:

Course is the path over the ground (wind can move you) and heading is the direction through the mass of air around you, sort of like airspeed VS groundspeed.

User currently offlineBjones From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 682 times:

Or more simply, heading is the direction the aircraft is pointing in and course is the actual direction it is travelling after the effect of winds.

User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 676 times:

I second that Bjones.
There can be a few degrees difference between the two if winds are significant enough.

User currently offlineFredT From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 2185 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 653 times:

Quite a few degrees in fact, especially in slower aircraft. Ever see an Il-2 do a slow 180 degree turn in a 25+K wind?  Big grin


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