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WAAS directing routing

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I remember from my commercial pilot training that with WAAS, we can fly a direct route from airpot A to airport B without flying airways, does anyone know where this information come from?

It would be great if you provide with the reference.

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  1. John D Collins on Jul 26, 2016

    One does not need WAAS to file a direct route or RNAV route. One needs a suitable RNAV system such as an IFR approved GPS for enroute and terminal operations.

    The definition of RNAV and what is needed for RNAV is found in the AIM.

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  2. Steve on Jul 27, 2016

    Sir, I looked at chapter 1-2-3 AIM.
    How do we know that my RNAV or GPS equipment is qualified to make direct routing from A to B?

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    John D Collins on Jul 27, 2016

    Steve,

    Read the subsection b. in the AIM section 1-2-3 you looked at: b. Types of RNAV Systems that Qualify as a Suitable RNAV System.

    If your equipment qualifies, there will be an AFMS included in the aircraft as part of the POH that specifically indicates what the equipment is qualified to do. Pay particular attention to the limitations section.

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