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Hi guys , what's the difference with heading and course ?



like Sydney to Nouméa heading is 245 , when I look on plan G it says

heading 40 !


and on auto pilot should I set for HDG or NAV ??

I have a dc 3 (Dc 47 eats version with modern cockpit )


thanks guys, I'm trying to get back into it again..:pilot:

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Heading is the direction your nose is pointed, your compass reading. Your course is the direction you are flying, that is, your track over the ground. They're only the same with no wind, otherwise you'll be crabbing a bit into the wind (unless it's exactly on your nose or tail).


Larry N.

As Skylab would say:

Remember: Aviation is NOT an exact Science!

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Nope, if you fly 245 degrees from Sydney you won't get to Noumea..:)


I never said you would. I simply that the aircraft could be pointing that heading on the ground - perhaps at a stand!

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