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Re: Need Opinion: Chart plotter, north up or course up?

Perhaps it's my ground-pounder background, but I prefer course up. Like Kelly mentioned, that's standard for navigating with topo maps and that's how I did it for 20+ years in the Army. Aviators also tend to use course up -- especially those who are moving fast and are at risk of hitting massive, immovable objects (like mountains.)

I do navigate with the plotter "north up" on occasion, and don't find it difficult but always seem to migrate back to "course up."

I guess it's kind of like the debate over Hellman's or Miracle Whip -- no right answer, just personal preference. (And yes, I'm a Miracle Whip guy )

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