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FOMS Menu 436 (Minimum Time Track)

Given any two Airports or waypoints, this program determines the least-time airways link between them using forecast winds at the specified flight level and time of departure. This assumes there is in fact an airways link between the points in question.

To be properly effective, some restrictions must be taken into consideration:

  • The program looks for a route that lies in a reasonable proximity to the great circle track between the points. It will not find a route that requires a turn of more than 85 degrees.

  • A complete airways link must exist. It is not possible to find an MTTA in areas where there are no airways, nor any direct legs that are stored in the Direct Legs data file.

  • This program does not take into account the climb and descent portions of the flight.

The initial screen calls for entry of the required parameters are as shown below.




You can use either an Airport or a waypoint. If you choose an airport, the program automatically assesses the available SIDs and incorporates a SID into the route as applicable. ICAO, IATA, or FAA codes may be used to identify an airport. Enter the waypoint ID in the appropriate field if you choose to use one. If there is no ambiguity, the country code and type data is automatically filled. Otherwise, you can enter this data manually or use the search function <?> to select from the available options.

Intermediate Waypoint #1

The program allows you to specify two intermediate waypoints via which the route must run. If you do not wish to specify an intermediate waypoint, press <Enter>. If you bypass the first intermediate point, the cursor goes directly to the Destination field.


Enter the destination, either as an airport or waypoint, in the same manner as the Origin. If you select an airport as the destination, the program automatically considers and selects the appropriate STAR.

Aircraft ID

Enter the aircraft ID (mandatory).


Indicate whether or not to use RNAV airways (<Y> for yes and <N> for no). The default value is Y.


Indicate whether to use rules-compliant routes (<Y> for yes and <N> for no). The default value is Y.


Indicate whether to do an MTT (no airways) instead of MTTA (using airways). Enter <Y> for MTT or <N> for MTTA. The default value is N.

MTTA Factor

The MTTA search space allows you to configure the area of searchable between origin and destination.  The greater the search factor, the more possible waypoints you can use in building your route.  This value can be set within the range of 1.1-2.0.

Mach Number

Enter the cruise Mach number as a whole number, appropriate for the type of Aircraft. Do not enter any decimal point.

Flight Level

Select the flight level that should be used for winds.

Departure Date/Time

Enter a 6-digit group, indicating GMT departure time (DDHHMM format).

Hardcopy (Y/N)

Enter Y if you wish to obtain a hardcopy. You will still obtain a screen report of the results.

Once the last entry has been made, you will be asked to confirm that everything is OK. Entering <N> will enable you to edit any of your inputs. When all entries are satisfactory, enter <Y> and the program will complete the analysis.

When the calculation of the MTTA is under way, the command line will show the distance remaining to the Destination as the program calculates the best available route option.

Final Results

If the program is able to find one or more routes between the selected waypoints, it will display them in order of increasing enroute time. The first line of the report gives the estimated departure time, Flight Level, and Mach Number.

Description automatically generated

The first line of the best route option indicates average wind component, total enroute time, route distance, and Great Circle distance. This is followed by the route description. The final line of the report gives the intermediate Lat/Long coordinates of the Great Circle track, rounded to the nearest degree.


Note: The following descriptions represent the typical access and privileges afforded to users designated as Dispatch Managers/Supervisors. Users with dispatcher privileges will have limited access to a subset of the screens presented.

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