With oil still hovering around 60 dollars a barrel, it's time someone spoke out about the so-called "Great Circle" myth.
What's the big deal? On the map (top left), the air lane allowed for LA-Tokyo flights is highlighted in red.
This ridiculously indirect route is called a "Great Circle" for reasons that make oil company execs go "ka-ching!" You see, as the map clearly shows, the legally permitted "Great Circle" route burns (according to computer calculations performed at a top think tank) approximately 80% more fuel than just flying from LA to Tokyo in a straight line.
It's time to stand up to the juggernaut of politically-motivated 'scientists' and their 'Great Circle' mythology.