route component

route component

[′rüt kəm‚pō·nənt]
(meteorology)
The average forecast wind component parallel to the flight path at flight level for an entire route; it is positive if helping (tailwind), and negative if retarding (headwind).
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This feature is handy for saving a route component that is frequently used, such as a common departure sequence or as we expected when coming into the busy New York City area and expected routing around Washington, DC, and Philadelphia.
Fortunately, just entering the specified VOR directly into the flight plan produced a course only one degree off the clearance, but I could not determine how to enter a route component to intercept a radial into the flight plan if it didn't happen to work out conveniently like this did.
The criteria evaluated include efficiency (component and route density) and complexity (multiple types of circuits, difficult to route components, high-speed requirements).