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When must airliners follow airways? [duplicate]

Please give a basic explanation of how commercial aviation traffic is routed for readers without any foreknowledge: Can commercial aircraft only follow airways like cars on highways ? Or are ...
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Why do some flights make turns shortly after takeoff?

I have seen that flights will make a turn, after traveling some large distance (say after some kilometers), but that can be done before. Why not flying directly like in ...
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What is the purpose of a Victor Airway?

I see lots of great questions related to Victor Airways, but I haven't seen any which indicate why someone would want to fly one or what really makes them special or unique. I get that they are ...
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Why might this trans-pacific flight not follow a more direct route?

I notice that this flight from DFW to PVG has a path that’s not a single arc of a great circle. Rather, it looks like it flies to some city in California and then takes a direct route for the ...
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What is the maximum number of planes a controller can control?

In a small and un-busy airport, the same controller can be the ground and tower at the same time. If the sector is un-busy (e.g. late at night), he may also be a sector, ground and tower all at the ...
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Is there a difference between how commercial jets and GA aircraft use airways?

In the answer to this question about why people use airways, one of the commentors pointed out that GA aircraft often use airways in a different fashion than commercial aircraft. I couldn't tell from ...
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How can an ATC choose the right flight level and heading for airplanes?

I don't understand how air traffic controllers can choose the right flight level and heading for airplane when they are in the sky or they're approaching the airport to land.
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Why has flight UA106 such a strange predicted flight path?

I was looking at the predicted flight path for UA106 from IAD to MUC and noticed this odd pattern. Why would it do this? I understand that most flight paths are not straight and there are airways that ...
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What are the busiest airways?

Wikipedia lists the busiest city to city routes. But for instance (nb: this is purely speculation), flights originating in Boston would transit through much of the same airspace to get to LA as a ...
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Why is the flight path from Taipei to Tianjin not a straight line?

The flight path from Taipei, Taiwan, to Tianjin, China, does not go directly to Tianjin in a straight line. Instead, it heads directly north, then banks left (west) before heading north again. (...
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Why do commercial flights avoid overflying Shandong Province?

I noticed this a few months ago on a flight to Shanghai. Since then I've been looking on FlightAware occasionally, and every flight I've seen on a similar route has made a turn to the east just before ...
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Are there conventions on which side to travel on Victor airways - USA?

I'm a low-time VFR pilot (100hrs) in the United States. I have not yet started IFR training (other than XC time building). I understand the purposes and reasons why the Victor airways exist. I also ...
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Do GA aircraft pilots use predefined routes (via GPS or DME/VOR vectoring) or methods such as GPS-direct/ VOR-to-VOR in UC airspace?

Example: Flying from RIC to IAD, the most popular and "efficient" route is BENTLY -> CAVLR3: However, you could more simply depart north out of the RIC Class-D, intercept the BROOKE VOR on the edge ...