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Routing Puzzles

Routing Puzzles

In the December 2014 issue, I answered a question from Tim, a reader, regarding filing an IFR flight plan. DUATS’ flight planner computer accepted the flight plan but the FSS planner rejected it. That was disconcerting, so we dug into it. This article will explain what’s happening and I’ll illustrate how different flight planning tools can behave differently with some less common routing elements.

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