I'm trying to understand flight plans. I think I've got it almost figured out but not sure of a few things. here is a sample flight plan from one of the online flight trackers for a fairly short flight arriving at my home airport:
Now I've looked up the navaids and fixes. First of all, what is the difference between one dot and two dots?
Ok. So here goes. Plane leaves DTW
flying to LAYNE on the 006 radial of DXO. "LAYNE" is located according to my map in the northern suburbs of Detroit....and DXO is the Detroit VOR near the airport, so it appears that LAYNE is on a heading of 006 from DXO. Is that what it means when there are numbers following a fix?
Then it would turn north and head toward BNNET which is located near Lapeer, MI
(according to the lat/long). Then, the plane would turn northwestward onto the 341 radial of YQG
which is in Windsor, Ontraio and on to the next point which is DIRKS, which is kind of SE
of Saginaw. From there I would guess that it is a straight run? I think that J38 is an airway and seeing how there are no other fixes then they would go all the way on J38? (its 239 miles according to my map).
is my airport....but what does 0052 mean? When they approach GRB
on the airway they would be going NW
...so why the 52 heading? (Or is that a heading?)