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Bearing
Bearing
A hardened and polished surface on a rotating shaft that rides in a plain bearing.
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source: FAA Aviation Maintenance Technician Powerplant Handbook (FAA-H-8083-32)

The horizontal angle at a given point measured clockwise from a specific datum to a second point.
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source: FAA Flight Navigator's Handbook (FAA-H-8083-18)

The horizontal direction to or from any point, usually measured clockwise from true north, magnetic north, or some other reference point through 360 degrees. (See NONDIRECTIONAL BEACON.)
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source: FAA Pilot/Controller Glossary

Relative Bearing (RB): The angular difference between the aircraft heading and the direction to the station, measured clockwise from the nose of the aircraft.
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source: FAA Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA-H-8083-25A)

  1. the angular direction of a distant point measured in degrees clockwise from a local meridian or other reference. Usually relative bearings are described clockwise from 000° to 360°
  2. a surface that supports and reduces friction between moving parts. Types of bearing include ball, roller and needle bearings
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source: ICAO English Pro Aviation Glossary


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