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Why is great circle route important?


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2015-05-26 02:10:00
2015-05-26 02:10:00

It helps you minimize travel time and optimize fuel use. I think the reason is because when traveling on a great circle, a circle whose plane passes through the center of a sphere, it would take alot longer than traveling on a smaller circle.

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When traveling on the equator it will take longer to get from europe to U.S but when traveling on the meridian it will take a shorter time.

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