relative bearing


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relative bearing

[′rel·əd·iv ′ber·iŋ]
(navigation)
Bearing relative to heading or to the craft; the horizontal direction of a terrestrial point from a craft expressed as the angular difference between the heading and the direction.

relative bearing

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The direction expressed as a horizontal angle measured clock-wise from the fore-and-aft axis of the aircraft or vehicle. To obtain the true bearing from the relative bearing, the aircraft heading must be added to the latter.
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Relative bearing on the ADF (245) + magnetic heading (320) = magnetic bearing to LOMIS (565 - 360 = 205).
The Collins TCAS is a surveillance radar that interrogates the ATC transponders of nearby aircraft, measuring range, relative bearing and altitude.
To compensate, the bomber flies a tight arc to create a relative bearing change of at least 25 deg.

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