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Old 22nd May 2020, 02:54
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Join Date: May 2020
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Runway Track Vs Runway Heading

Hello all
When I did my pilot's license, I used to hear the term from ATC " Maintain Runway Heading" before takeoff. Nowadays as a first officer flying jet, I hear either " maintain runway heading" and sometimes I hear " maintain runway track". I know that runway track corrects for wind and heading does not. However, I have two questions that I would love to have answers for:
1- Why would we fly runway heading if there is a high chance to be off heading and runway track would alway be accurate?
2- Why during pilot's licenses ( which I did in the U.S), I never heard the term " maintain runway track"? Is it because the U.S ATC doesn't use the term Maintain Runway Track?
Please if you know the answer let me know.

Thank you all
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