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What are Q airways?

Discussion in 'General Topics' started by taseal, Dec 2, 2007.

  1. taseal

    taseal Well-Known Member

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    I was looking, but couldn't find any info about what they are.

    actually, if you know, i'd appreciate when G and A (and B) airways are used as well lol thx!
  2. bike21

    bike21 Well-Known Member

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    I had a 'Q' route the other day and needed to look it up myself. It is simply a designator for an RNAV route (GPS). I believe the other letters were as well, but can't remember off the top of my head.
  3. Sidious

    Sidious Well-Known Member

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    AIM 5-3-4 sheds some light on G, A, R and B airways. They're a remnant of the old colored airway system that now only exsist in Alaska and some other spots. From what I could find Green and Red run East and West where as Blue and Amber run North South. The kicker was that they are all plotted in brown lol.
  4. taseal

    taseal Well-Known Member

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    nice, thx guys!
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    Xcaliber El Chupacabra

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    Go to skyvector.com, search for GEP, and then hit the "Enroute H-2" button on the top of the viewing area. All those blue routes there are Q routes. I think there's a few low-altitude ones down in northern Florida, but I'm too lazy to look at the moment :)
  6. taseal

    taseal Well-Known Member

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    there was a bunch near KPDX, I was doing a flight sim flight, and thats when I noticed it... looks like they are 1 way routes

    so these are used when you do a RNAV flight eh

    on skyvector, go to MCF. to the W you will see the A/B routes and whatnot... who can fly those? what equipment do I need? I know Q is for RNAV, so GPS is good enough, but what about those A/B airways?
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    iamapilot94 New Member

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    I thought RNAV Long range navgation)was different from GPS(globe positioning system)
  8. SIUav8er

    SIUav8er Narcosis

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    Nope. RNAV actually means random area navigation which is anything but "ground based" navigation such as VOR, NDB.

    GPS, LORAN, INS, and the old fashioned VOR/DME RNAV boxes, are all considered RNAV.

    Q Routes are GPS only airways.
  9. NJT916

    NJT916 Well-Known Member

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    Gosh, you're smart.
  10. taseal

    taseal Well-Known Member

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    eh, I thought R was for Area navigation
  11. SIUav8er

    SIUav8er Narcosis

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    I know. what are you up to nowadays?
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    NJT916 Well-Known Member

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    Consulting for a casino here in Vegas, paying off debt, and flying on weekends. In that order out of necessity, not desire.

    Oh, and when time permits, looking for a man wearing MY jackets, using MY laptop, and documenting his travels with MY camera.

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