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Cruising Levels In French Airspace?

Sun May 29, 2005 6:20 am

Since France's airway system is more North-South oriented than East-West, I was wondering wether the odd vs even flight level distinction is the same as in other countries (odd from 0 to 179 degrees, even from 180 to 359 degrees. right?), or whether the split is made at 90 respectively 270 degrees?

I am sure someone like Pihero could fill me in on this. Thanks in advance!

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RE: Cruising Levels In French Airspace?

Tue May 31, 2005 10:57 pm

France is RVSM and the normal rose is considered...
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RE: Cruising Levels In French Airspace?

Wed Jun 01, 2005 5:36 am


You are quite right the semi-circular rule even Westbound/odd Eastbound applies in the RVSM airspace over France.
That said,the system considers not the segments of an airway, but the whole length, thus avoiding numerous level changes when the orientation of the route oscillates either side of the north/south compass.
For safety reasons,when two airways passing over a common waypoint diverge from each other,the system will keep them in the same odd/even level table.
This is the case for awys UM731, UZ131, UN855, UN869, UQ169, the headings being respectively 147°, 163°, 181° 236°, 240° ,all originating from OLRAK ( this waypoint is 20 Nm NW of Mende.The reason is the importance of the traffic from Paris on the UN855 which forces the westbound UN869 to adopt the odd list.( Airway UN869 comes all the way from Germany)
Hope it helps.
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