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"Turn Right 095"... Etc. What It Means?

Tue Mar 20, 2001 4:00 am

I'm a bit confused... When ATC is giving instructions, and for example, says "turn right 095", does that mean:

1. Turn right to compass heading 095


2. Turn right, 095 from your current heading?

Thanks for help with this rather simple question.

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RE: "Turn Right 095"... Etc. What It Means?

Tue Mar 20, 2001 4:05 am

Hey Redngold, when ATC says "Turn right 095" or anything else, it means to turn to that compass heading. A few times I have had ATC say "turn right 20 degrees" but that is a very rare occurence. And they make sure that they are conveying degrees from your present heading and not heading 200 on the compass.

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RE: "Turn Right 095"... Etc. What It Means?

Tue Mar 20, 2001 4:53 am

Yup.... right to 095 means turn right to the heading 095.... usually they will say "right 20 degrees" or whatever for traffic or weather deviations. If they are giving you an assigned heading it is always the actual compass heading.
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RE: "Turn Right 095"... Etc. What It Means?

Tue Mar 20, 2001 5:06 am

This might be splitting hairs, but I'd like to offer one small observation. It is a compass heading, meaning that when a controller tells you to turn to 095, that means you fly a magnetic heading of 095. Usually, there will either be a Directional Gyro (DG) or a Horizontal Situation Indicator (HSI) that you read your heading from while you are flying. It is important to be able to read the compass, because that's how you get the information to set the DG or the HSI, and also, one of those might fail during flight. I've never flown anything big enough to have a glass cockpit, so I'm not sure how it works with more modern navigational instrumentation.
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RE: "Turn Right 095"... Etc. What It Means?

Tue Mar 20, 2001 5:17 am

The way the say it give it away as XFS mentioned.
If the say 'turn right heading 095' that means turn right to compass heading 095.
While if they say turn right 30 degree that means turn right 30 more degrees. (I have neve heard of more then 30 in that situation)
Also if you are ever confused ask them what they mean!
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RE: "Turn Right 095"... Etc. What It Means?

Tue Mar 20, 2001 7:48 am

Thanks, y'all. I thought it probably meant compass heading but I wanted to confirm it.

From my spotting position there are some really weird optical illusions, and one of those is that it's difficult to determine what heading a/c are actually turning.

Oh, I'm not a pilot, I'm just trying to figure out what I'm hearing on my scanner.

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Tue Mar 20, 2001 8:23 am

All you have to do is turn a nob and twist it to 095 and it bloomin does it for you ,
listen to the pro's not me!!!!!
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RE: "Turn Right 095"... Etc. What It Means?

Tue Mar 20, 2001 7:59 pm

That´s again a phrase from ATC wich is not correct.

It has to be: Turn right heading 095.

But mostly only Pilots will say this without the term heading. As far in my expierence, ATC will almost always
say heading in front of 095.

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RE: "Turn Right 095"... Etc. What It Means?

Wed Mar 21, 2001 1:30 pm

Well (I think) if this happened this is what I think it would sound like.

I just made this up I think this is how they say it.

ATC-Delta13433 cleard for take-off squawk and maintian
runway heading to 3000 Via left turn heading 095 strait to PXR-VORTAC

pilot-Delta13433 cleard for take-off squawk and maintain runway heading to 3000 via left turn heading 095 strait to PXR_VORTAC

pilot-Delta13433 "rolling" ect.................................. and so on

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