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magnetic track should be listed not true

it has come to my attention that the listing for heading is in true. instead it should be in magnetic to conform with aviation convention using magnetic for everything but winds aloft. also it is a course or track over ground not a heading.

where this is most pronounced is in northeast where declination ( differnece) is 15 degrees and when a flight is directly approaching a runway with a magnetic orientation of say 240 degrees but the heading indicates 255

any chance changing to magnetic or listing both and calling them what they are which is track over ground.

We’ll change the column heading to course instead of heading in our next release (5pm Eastern tomorrow).

We’re going to keep the true heading. Anyone who is aware of the magnetic/true should have no problem mentally making the conversion.