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User currently offlineAlee From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 63 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 685 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 (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 663 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 (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 658 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 (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 652 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 (12 years 10 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 629 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

Cheers,
Fred



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