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The Great Circle Route

A “great circle route” is when a navigator aboard a ship or aircraft plots a course across an ocean which is not a straight line, but rather is representative of an arc, which if you saw upon a globe moving in time (with the earth moving below) instead of on a flat, static map; would be seen to be in real time and space to be the shortest route that could be taken. It just looks like an arc on the flat page.

All of which means: Listen to your instructors the first time if you don’t want to move in circles. Or if you do…

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