track


track
i. The projection on the earth’s surface of the path of an aircraft, the direction of which path at any point is usually expressed in degrees from North (true, magnetic or grid) (ICAO). It is indicated by a line marked on the master flight chart with two arrows or another agreed-upon designator.
ii. To display or record the successive positions of a moving object.
iii. To lock onto a point of radiation and obtain guidance from there.
iv. A series of related contacts displayed on a plotting board.
v. The path followed by a tip of a propeller or rotor blade as it rotates.
vi. The distance measured as a straight line between the outer points of contact of the starboard and the port main wheels. In a bogie-wheel configuration, the distance between the geometric centers of the two main bogies. Similarly, if there are outriggers or skids, then the center of their contacts will constitute a track.
vii. To lock onto a source of radiation and obtain guidance from that same source. See semiactive homing guidance.
viii. To follow a desired track.
ix. To observe or plot the path of something moving, such as an aircraft or a rocket, by one means or another, such as by telescope or radar. It is said of persons or of the electronic equipment, that the observer, or the radar, tracked the aircraft.

Aviation dictionary. 2014.

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