Aviation Dictionary

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Magnetic North

The direction that a compass needle will point to. This aligns with the earth’s magnetic fields and is not in the same position as True North. Magnetic North drifts at a rate of between 9 – 30 miles per year and is currently in the Arctic Ocean between Canada and Russia

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