Mr. Nice Posted March 14, 2022 Share Posted March 14, 2022 3 minutes ago, endfreemasonscum said: Yes, I understand all of that. It is what makes the situation all the more difficult. No, it explains it perfectly. 3 minutes ago, endfreemasonscum said: Think of east/west flights approaching north/south runways. I am trying to reconcile the force from the two (or more) opposing vectors created in this scenario. That is the first problem. There are no opposing vectors. The plane carries the take off force from the Earth, if it flies North it accounts for the Coriolis force by the auto-pilot making minute trim adjustments. If the plane is flying west, the Earth is rotating towards it, but it still has the inertia from take off rotating in the same direction. Net result no effect. If it flies west and changes course, the same applies, whatever the Earth is doing relative to it, it carries the same rotational force. Now it is of course affected by winds etc. so is constantly needing trim corrections anyway. But nothing drastic. 3 minutes ago, endfreemasonscum said: My other issue I am having trouble with is understanding how planes can fly what are called "great circle routes." The flight radar sites show many planes flying over the axis of rotation and that seems impossible. Great circle routes are merely the shortest vector. Once again, because the plane carries the same rotational speed as the Earth it makes no difference. All it must account for is the change in Earth spin at different latitudes, the Coriolis effect and make small trim adjustments in flight. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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