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    Question Finding the degrees between two headings

    Hi,

    I have what I'm sure is a relatively simple problem, but the answer eludes me.

    What is the equation to determine the number of degrees between two compass headings? For example:

    If Heading 1 is 350 degrees & Heading 2 is 10 degrees then the delta is 20 degrees

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    If Heading 1 is 350 degrees & Heading 2 is 317 degrees then the delta is 33 degrees.

    One other thing; the delta can obviously never be greater than 180 degrees.

    All help appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nomad View Post
    Hi,

    I have what I'm sure is a relatively simple problem, but the answer eludes me.

    What is the equation to determine the number of degrees between two compass headings? For example:

    If Heading 1 is 350 degrees & Heading 2 is 10 degrees then the delta is 20 degrees

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    That depends on how you define the "measuring direction" with angles.

    Normally an angle is measured counterclockwise and then the difference between an heading of 350 and a heading of 10 is 340.
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    Not in this case...

    Thanks, but this is a specific case where the measurement can be in either direction (whichever is the lesser), hence the difference in angle never being allowed to be greater than 180 degrees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nomad View Post
    Thanks, but this is a specific case where the measurement can be in either direction (whichever is the lesser), hence the difference in angle never being allowed to be greater than 180 degrees.

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    that's why you only need to look at (or visualize) the directions on the compass rose ... pilots don't use a formula.
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