- Aircraft are guided to the final approach using standardised procedures. These so-called transitions allow for an orderly flow of traffic even when there is a lot of traffic.
- Aircraft fly accurately – but not down to the nearest metre. In curves, the radius may vary depending on the weight, speed and pitch angle of the aircraft.
- If traffic permits, air traffic controllers can assign a slightly different route to the aircraft and thus shorten the flight path. This saves fuel.
WHY DON'T PLANES STAY ON TRACK?