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Features January 2016 Issue

Indirect Flight Effects

Want to minimize vectors around some Class B or C terminals? In the mid-2000s, the FAA created specialized RNAV routes called RNAV IFR Terminal Transition Routes (RITT R) to keep low altitude overflights clear of arrivals and departures at major airports. RITTRs eventually were rolled into the T-routes being created as seen here around Jacksonville, FL.

Indirect Flight Effects

Fluctuations in airspace and traffic mean your wish for direct isn't always at ATC's command. But, we do what we can.

There’s perhaps some confusion among pilots about how a direct route gets handled and, potentially, mutated, as illustrated in one IFR-reader’s question: “If you file direct, is your route planned by some poor guy at the local TRACON or a regional computer? To what extent does putting in a few fixes affect the route ATC gives you?” Let’s see if we can clear up that haziness.

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