1-in-60 Rule

The 1-in-60 rules is a basic rule of thumb used in air navigation. It states:

One degree offset equals one nautical mile when sixty nautical miles from the origin

Distance from VOR 1 degree = ?nm
60 1
30 .50
15 .25
10 .16


Track Correction
If a pilot is flying a leg of 120 miles and finds after travelling 60 miles that they are two miles to the right of track then a correction of 4° to the left (2° to fly parallel to the intended track and another 2° to bring them to their target) will bring them to their destination.

To calculate the distance on a DME arc, use these basic calculations.
10nm Arc = Divide radials by 6
12nm Arc = Divide radials by 5
15nm Arc = Divide radials by 4

E.g. 30 degrees of a 10nm arc is 30/6 = 5nm

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