February 2007 Issue

Going (And Being) Direct

Despite the savings in time and fuel from a direct routing, ATC often canít oblige. Why you canít get there from here and what to do about it.

Whenever we fly from point A to point B, many of us use the Victor airway system. We pick a route that offers us the smallest increase beyond a great circle distance, or the highest groundspeed and these days, especially perhaps the widest berth from unfriendly airspace. Not always will we get the route we filed and, too often, the cleared route will put us at a major disadvantage.

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