David B. From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3148 posts, RR: 5 Posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 180 times:
Does EL AL fly around the Arabian peninsula using GPS or does it have to be hand flown? Does the crew program waypoints into the FMC and the autopilot turns at that waypoint? Do they fly throught the airspace of non-arab countries in that area because the bodies of water on both sides seem pretty narrow.
Avi From Israel, joined Sep 2001, 935 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 115 times:
Modern airplanes have several navigation systems.
In any flight the pilot enter the route plan into the computer and the autopilot fly the airplane waypoint to waypoint directly (unless “told” otherwise).
I don’t know if all El-Al airplanes have GPS (Their B744 are relative old) but I’m sore they use radio updating from radio station (VORs) in Arab countries.
I guess they fly exactly in the middle between Saudi Arabia and the African states.
The interesting question is whom are they talking with (ATC)?