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Old 23rd May 2020, 15:51
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eckhard
 
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In the days before GPS, IRS and a good indication of current track, it was felt safer for everyone to follow the runway heading without allowing for drift. That way, if two aircraft departed from parallel runways, they would follow parallel tracks as they would both be flying the same heading and being affected by the same wind.

If they were asked to follow the runway track, both pilots might make different drift allowances, resulting in possible converging tracks.
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