Position line

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A position line is a line that can be identified both on a nautical chart or aeronautical chart and by observation out on the surface of the earth. The intersection of two position lines is a fix that is used in position fixing to identify the navigator's location.

There are several types of position line:

  • Compass bearing - the angle between north and the line passing through the compass and the point of interest
  • Transit - a line passing through the observer and two other reference points
  • Leading line - the line passing through two marks indicating a safe channel
  • Leading lights - the line passing through two beacons indicating a safe channel
  • Sector lights – the lines created by masked coloured lights that indicate a safe channel

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