firefly_cyhz
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### Trip Report: CMM339, 340

Marrty
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### RE: Trip Report: CMM339, 340

Great report, Firefly!

CMM is a great airline.

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### RE: Trip Report: CMM339, 340

Very interesting trip report.

Just curious. How did you pick up the flight route again after crossing the Atlantic? And how did you ascertain the checkpoints along the way and the co-ordinates and the times at which those co-ordinates changed?

I'm cocky if I can find the lavatory and get back to my original seat again.

So you are one hell of a navigator to do that with just a chart and a compass from seat 39A.

Hmmmm...

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firefly_cyhz
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### RE: Trip Report: CMM339, 340

What I did was I wrote down the time and new heading when ever we turned. I also listen to what the pilot says about our route. On the way over they said we would pass over a place called Lands End and we would pass south of London. After the flight was over I just try and connect the dots using the time and heading to each reporting point. As for the coordinates for the way back to YHZ when I went up to the flight deck the first officer was showing me how the FMS worked and I just read what it said. I am not positive that was the route we took but I think it was a pretty good guess. If it is not right than at least it provides entertainment for me for many hours.

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### RE: Trip Report: CMM339, 340

It's amazing that you were able to detect small charges in course. And across the Atlantic tracks the changes are small in deed. Then you were able to time the intervals between these changes, calculate your ground speed, and then plot everything on a Jeppesen chart to determine the flight route. Certainly not impossible, but from seat 39A that is impressive. I tip my hat to you, sir.

If you like that kind of stuff, don't get a GPS unit, a global positioning satellite unit. It takes all the work out of that age-old process, and they cost only a few hundred dollars. They not only give you your co-ordinates at any time or place, but they also give you the ground speed at which you are moving. The better units show a moving map display as well. With that, you are better equipped to navigate across the Atlantic than most aircraft. I believe that most airliners today still use ground-based radio beacons for navigating around the world.

Hmmmm...
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