|Quoting SlamClick (Reply 4):|
Another consideration is this: Does your navigation system (FMS, GPS etc.) find great circle or rhumbline between waypoints? I've taught the system at one airline and not found the certain answer for that one.
|Quoting Timz (Reply 6):|
Let's say you're at 50N 00W and you tell the black box to fly you to 50N 179W. "Great circle" would head almost over the pole and would cover 4817.4 nm; the rhumb line would head west along the 50th parallel and would cover 6968.3 nm. Surely the black box knows to fly north and not west?
|Quoting Timz (Reply 8):|
True, that could be due to the change in the magnetic deviation-- I'll see if I can find a counterexample.
|Quoting Mozart (Reply 11):|
Now, what interests me is what happens between those two points: the airline will of course try to fly as close as possible to Great Circle,
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