desired track


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desired track

[də′zīrd ′trak]
(civil engineering)

desired track

The planned or intended track between two waypoints. It is measured in degrees from either magnetic or true north. The instantaneous angle may change from point to point along the great-circle track between waypoints.
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The track value should equal the magnetic course from a chart, the desired track from your flight plan, or the bearing to the next waypoint.
There are a couple reasons for this, but you can avoid all of them if you match track to the desired track for that segment of your flight plan shown on your GPS.
The magenta course line will rotate on the moving map and the desired track field on the GPS (DTK) will change.
Funny thing is that often a similar discrepancy exists between the GPS desired track between two VORs and the magnetic course for the airway printed on the chart.
It also changes the course shown--the desired track you see in the flight plan--as the aircraft moves and the local magnetic variation changes.
Select the track mode and turn the OBS or lubber line on an HSI to the desired track and the autopilot would get steering information straight from the GPS (It could be RS-232, ARINC-429, or just left/right commands from the CDI or HSI.
Turn the airplane so your actual track--usually labeled TRK on the GPS--matches the desired track (DTK) or the course on the chart and you will stay squarely on the line.
Additional software is not required, simply drag and drop desired tracks and other files onto the MP300 using its high-speed USB 2.
DESIRED tracks were harder to access, the tiny sleeve inserts were even harder to read than those on CDs and the sound quality was never as good.