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Old Mar 8, 18, 10:55 pm
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BA (and airlines) Maps

Something I have always wondered is the seemingly random selection of towns that appear on in-flight map screens.

When I fly transatlantic, for some reason MAIDSTONE and CORK always appear - but not say, LONDON or DUBLIN? Is there a reason for this?
On another flight INVERNESS was highlighted, but no mention of Edinburgh, Glasgow or Aberdeen.

Are these random or is there a method to the displays?
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I've often wondered this too. I could only really imagine it was because the software is likely to be written somewhere where the important and known cities are in the UK are not known.
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Old Mar 8, 18, 11:08 pm
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I did actually think that maybe Maidstone has some significance in aviation!
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Maidstone played an important role in WW2, but the airfield is long gone. As for Cork, there is an airport there, but the most important place for ATC is Shannon (Ballygirreen), and busiest airfields are Dublin and BIA.
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I like seeing "Titanic" and similar....
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I like seeing "Titanic" and similar....
why do they show shipwrecks but not plane crash sites??
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why do they show shipwrecks but not plane crash sites??
To keep you off the boats and on the planes, surely
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I like seeing "Titanic" and similar....
Some pilots (Dave Wallsworth) even program the as a waypoint the location of the Titanic into A380 nav systems.


It always amazes me how far south #Titanic was when it struck an iceberg and sank. Shown here on our navigation display on the way home from Miami last night. #A380 @British_Airways
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Both AI and TG leave Singapore, a whole country as well as one of SE Asia’s mist significant cities off their in-flight mapping and, instead, label the next door town of Johor Bahru. Johor is totally insignificant in comparison.
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Old Mar 9, 18, 6:26 am
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Both AI and TG leave Singapore, a whole country as well as one of SE Asia’s mist significant cities off their in-flight mapping and, instead, label the next door town of Johor Bahru. Johor is totally insignificant in comparison.
It's a worldwide phenomenon!
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I've seen a certain named brand of corned beef appear on the screen.
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TULIP, the navigation point in the Amsterdam FIR?
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I don't know so much about the newer maps in newer aircraft but I always noticed that two places that always seemed to get picked out in the 90s were Runymede outside London and Poughkeepsie, NY.
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Originally Posted by gbs1112 View Post
Both AI and TG leave Singapore, a whole country as well as one of SE Asia’s mist significant cities off their in-flight mapping and, instead, label the next door town of Johor Bahru. Johor is totally insignificant in comparison.
Not only is it also the name of a VOR beacon (VHF) but also a significant waypoint and intersection of multiple airways.

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