PPRuNe Forums > Wannabes Forums > Professional Pilot Training (includes ground studies) > Lat Long Calculations PDA View Full Version : Lat Long Calculations Haroon23rd Jun 2012, 07:14Hi An aircraft departs a point 0400N 17000W and flies 600 nm South, followed by 600 nm East, then 600 nm North, then 600 nm West. What is its final position? a) 0400N 17000W b) 0600S 17000W c) 0400N 16958.1W d) 0400N 17001.8W c) marked correct, however I am ending up at (d). Can anyone please check the calculations: Starting at 0400N 17000W Flying 600nm South (600/60 = 10 deg) the position becomes 0600S 17000W Flying 600nm East (600/cos6 = 10.055 deg. 170+10.055 = 180.055. 360-180.05= 179.9449) the position becomes 0600S 179.9449E Flying 600nm North (600/60 = 10 deg) the position becomes 0400N 179.9449E Flying 600nm West (600/cos4 = 10.024 deg. 179.9449+10.024 = 189.9689. 360-180.9689= 170.03) the position becomes 04°00'N 170°1.8'W Regards wiggy23rd Jun 2012, 07:29Just by looking at this over breakfast, no calculator to hand so I can't check the sums but IMHO I reckon C is most probably correct. Your 600 n.m. of eastbound flight at 6 degrees south covers more degrees of longitude than the opposite direction 600 n.m westbound at 4 north ( because the earth is "thinner" at 6 south than at 4 north :bored:, i.e; the lines of longitude are closer together ) , therefore having flown your 600 n.m box you must end up east of where you started.... Edited to add: After after closer inspection and another coffee I think it might be worth ;) taking a look at your leg two calculation: I agree the leg starts at 0600S 17000W, - the question states you fly east for 600 nm. You've written: Flying 600nm East (600/cos6 = 10.055 deg. 170+10.055 = 180.055. 360-180.05= 179.9449) the position becomes 0600S 179.9449 E I've emphasised a few points ....:8, this might be a classic case of a quick picture or rough diagram being worth a thousand calculations. Haroon23rd Jun 2012, 09:34picture or rough diagram being worth a thousand calculations Provided it is correct. I went west instead of east :ugh: Thanks Wiggy wiggy23rd Jun 2012, 09:51You're welcome, good luck with the exams.