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User currently offlinePlanespotterx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2528 times:

Im going to be doing a flight on FS from O'Hare to LHR (nightflight), and I was wondering what kind of route do the real United Airlines aircraft take.
I understand the 777 must be within 340 miles of land, and have reserve fuel, but what kind of flight routing ensures they do this, and how is the quickest way.
Also is it a good idea to have the course follow round Canada, and drop south over Scotland, or to have it as a normal Transatlantic routing.
Finally, what times would I be looking at, Im aiming for a Dawn landing at LHR, so what time would be best departing from Chicago.

Thank You

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User currently offlineCorsair2 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2423 times:

Closest I can get is a flight I took from ORD-MAN (relatively close to LHR). The British Midland A330 I flew probably took a similar route. I tracked the flight on the IFE screen. The plane departed ORD at 6:30PM CST and headed west across Lake Michigan and over Ontario, Canada heading NW. We followed close to the St. Lawrence river and NW to Newfoudland and the Gulf of Labrador. After a little over three hours of flying we crossed the Gulf of Labrador into the Northern Atlantic south of Greenland and Iceland. We entered the European continent at sunrise over Ireland after approximately six hours of flying and made a 7:15 landing at Manchester, UK. I am assuming the UA 777 would follow a similar route and get to LHR not long after.

In general, many flights seem to depart ORD to Europe about 5:00 in the afternoon and arrive in the morning.

Best wishes with the simulated flight.

"We have clearance Clarence. Roger, Roger. What's our vector Victor?"
User currently offlineWally From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2403 times:

I took American 86 (ORD - LHR) Sep 5. Departure was 5:10 PM and we arrived about 5:45 AM, circled 20 minutes (no LHR landings till after 6 AM) and still arrived 50 minutes early! Scheduled arrival was 6:55 AM

Don't remember the exact flight path, but was close to what Corsair2 listed.

User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2700 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2391 times:

I've got a real flightplan for the reverse trip sitting in front of me...let me start typing.

UAL 949

5520 (55 NORTH 20 WEST)

So that's the London departure procedure and the Chicago arrival route. You'd obviously want to fly the opposite there, the ORD departure and the LHR arrival.

Now, I don't quite understand all the rest of the ETOPS part of this flight plan, but I'll type it anyway so that maybe someone like Rick767 can explain it all a little better.

ETOPS PET1: SNN-KEF (EINN-BIKF) 02:17 N54 32.6 W025 38.4

ETOPS PET2: KEF-YQX (BIKF-CYQX) 03:04 N53 03.0 W035 23.1


User currently offlineBA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2179 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2375 times:

Try this Planespotterx, this is todays BMA706. FL370, TAS of 471. Planned departure 23:30 (UK time i think), and planned arrival 06:07.


NATX is STEAM OYSTR 55/50 56/40 56/30 55/20 KORIB BABAN
EAST LVLS 320 330 340 350 360 370 380 390 400

So, to get from IOM to EGLL, continue on the UB3 to HON, then a BNN1B STAR.

So, the fp is: KORD ELX YXU J586 YCF J588 YMX J553 ML VALIE STEAM OYSTR 55/50 56/40 56/30 55/20 KORIB BABAN NURSI UN551 BEL UB3 HON EGLL

Any questions, let me know!


User currently offlineFlyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3840 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2315 times:


The plane departed ORD at 6:30PM CST and headed west across Lake Michigan and over Ontario, Canada heading NW.

Departed ORD and headed west over the lake?

I don't think that is possible because the lake is EAST of ohare.


Never Trust Your Fuel Gauge
User currently offlineStar_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2286 times:

Not quite sure what you were referring to when you said 'normal transatlantic routing' instead of going out over Canada - the 'great circle' route, which is the shortest distance between 2 points on Earth, takes this path:


Obviously the actual route flown will vary from this to take advantage of favourable winds, etc. but virtually all north atlantic flights go out over the north-east of Canada, through Newfoundland, and transatlantic from there.

User currently offlineCorsair2 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2254 times:

References to NW in my earlier post are really NE. Long day yesterday!

"We have clearance Clarence. Roger, Roger. What's our vector Victor?"
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