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Best Wishes to the Strategic Planners

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Hi,Some personal observations on the Route Planning process. These are NOT OFFICIAL remarks.This year, we (mostly Reggie) spent many hours trying to create alternative ways around the world. We created twelve ways (some rather less obvious) to make the trip. We then used the Corridors and Bonus Airports to balance out the net times (that is, the expected time to completion minus the bonus hours). This process took into account the number of stops, the different expected ground speeds in the East/West Hemisphere, the use of classic aircraft, and so forth. The plans did not account for the use of the wild card, or for the difficulty of some of the airports, or for any expected prevailing winds.The result was that 11 of the 12 could be balanced to within about 2 hours of each other. This balance is in terms of expected score...we know that the actual score will likely be very different.The point of this explanation is that strategic flight planners will want to know that there is considerable freedom in preparing overall strategies. The most obvious routings will not necessarily be the best ones. (Or they may....) BTW We have studied these routings more than is good for our health. And we have tested the airports (usually with and without mesh). So we may have some "insider" knowledge here. Accordingly, we have agreed not to take part in the strategic planning process for our respective teams

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