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Joining North Atlantic Tracks at half-way

Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:43 pm


I was wondering how do you join NAT at half-way? (eg. joining Track U PORTI 47/50 50/40 51/30 52/20 LIMRI XETBO at 51/30)

How ATC manages to separate the traffic without the radar? Is any additional clearance needed to join the track from a random route? Also can you switch between tracks? (if so, do you need any additional clearance?) And do you need any clearance for crossing each track/you need only 1 clearance/no clearance needed?

Thank you in advance :)
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Re: Joining North Atlantic Tracks at half-way

Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:07 pm

Timing and position reports in the old days; now they use ADS-C position reports. I’ve never heard of changing tracks once coasted out. Joining is pretty common, esp out of Scandinavia.

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Re: Joining North Atlantic Tracks at half-way

Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:55 am

IIRC you may only join the outermost tracks, you can’t cross tracks. Even without ADS, If you have good time estimates on waypoints, it shouldn’t be a big deal.
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