He told me that If I want to intercept radial inbound I should set the
tail of the needle to the desired inbound radial and if I want to
intercept radial outbound I should set the head of the needle to the
the desired outbound radial.
My question - is this way of setting desired radials correct? Because
I read somewhere that we always should set the head of ...
Well, all of you (and, the instructor) are correct for using your own technique on the aircraft in which you are familiar. The technique can vary depending on your equipment. So let’s clear up a few things.
You can not get reverse sensing with a properly working HSI (which the G500 should have). This is because the HSI should always orient the displayed ...
Your instructor is correct - using his method, means you do not have to do any reciprocal course/heading/plus/minus 180 calculations - instead you must remember "Radial 050 outbound" set the head (arrow/course) on 050. "Radial 160 inbound" set the tail on 160 which means the head/arrow/course will be on 340. It's evident that you have to ...
This is a terminology problem - and I think you're actually both right but you need to learn the terminology. Radials always radiate out from the VOR.
You should absolutely always set the needle to the heading you intend to fly in order to avoid reverse sensing.
However, if you're intending to "fly inbound on the 240 radial" then you're actually on ...
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