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Aeronautical Question.

Sun Feb 24, 2002 2:58 pm

I want to know the difference between course and heading.
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RE: Aeronautical Question.

Sun Feb 24, 2002 3:32 pm

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.
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RE: Aeronautical Question.

Sun Feb 24, 2002 3:43 pm

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.
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RE: Aeronautical Question.

Sun Feb 24, 2002 3:56 pm

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

Mon Feb 25, 2002 3:03 am

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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