November 1999 Issue

The Straight Story

A direct route may be the shortest way to go, but it may not be the quickest or the safest

Pilots who want to get from Point A to Point B are no dummies. Most of the time, the shortest distance is that straight line on the chart.

Part of the navigation training that every beginning pilot receives is how to use dead reckoning to fly that line. Getting there quickly and efficiently is, after all, one of the many benefits of flying as opposed to driving. But that direct route to the destination may not be all it is cracked up to be. Careful consideration of some of the available routing options may show that more distance is less hassle in the long run.

Although IFR pilots have more points to consider when selecting routes, VFR pilots also need to think about the dynamics of...

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