POLAR ROUTE NAVIGATION

Einar S. Pedersen

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: Due to political barriers, the Scandinavian Airlines System polar route to Japan does not at present follow the shortest line, the great circle, between Copenhagen and Tokyo. In order to avoid flying over Soviet territory, the polar route makes a dog-leg via Anchorage, Alaska, a route approximately 2,200 n.m. longer than the great circle. However, this dog-leg has some very significant advantages, giving the route political freedom of operation, because to a large extent it runs over international waters and at the same time the tourist value of the route is greatly improved since it passes over the north pole.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 6, Number 2
Pages: 79 - 85
Cite this article: Pedersen, Einar S., "POLAR ROUTE NAVIGATION", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 6, No. 2, 1958, pp. 79-85.
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