fly heading

fly heading

The term informs the pilot of the heading he or she should fly. The pilot may have to turn to, or continue on, a specified compass direction in order to comply with the instructions. The pilot is expected to turn in the shorter direction to the heading unless other-wise instructed by ATC (air traffic control).
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For Runway 24, you climb to 1500 feet, then fly heading 280 and hold exactly 1500 feet.
About 80 seconds later, the controller advised the pilot that he was right of course, and to fly heading 240 to rejoin the localizer.
The Hawk trainer jets were travelling at 430mph when they failed to spot the two-seater Slingsby Fire Fly heading straight at them during a training mission near Coquet Island, in Northumberland.
Imagine I tell you, "N3AB, fly heading zero six zero.
On hand-off to Seattle approach, I was given my vector, then the frequency was unusually quiet until I heard, "Air Force One, descend and maintain 2200," followed shortly by "Air Force One, fly heading 140.
Since you're departing Runway 02L on the Lake Hughes transition, the departure procedure is to fly heading 332 and await vectors from ATC.
The Pilot/Controller Glossary's Fly Heading entry says, "The pilot is expected to turn in the shorter direction to the heading unless otherwise instructed by ATC.
Instead of being unable to contact ATC at all, let's say that you made contact after departure at the location depicted and were instructed to "climb and maintain 6000, fly heading 180, expect direct LEB in five miles.
Springs Approach: "Cessna Three Alpha Bravo, fly heading 040.
I was flying south this time, last direction given was to fly heading 170.