Gotta love them search arcs, as they make it clear some challenges with the 10 degrees rule for search planes, specially at short ranges.
Consider this problem: say I have 3 aircrafts at 100% patrol. I want to search a range of only 1 hex out, in order to find those darn subs pestering my island and sinking my beer transports. So I though: easy, 3 aircrafts patrol 3 hexes in the AM, then 3 hexes more in the PM, and I can forget the snow and imagine myself by the beach sipping beer on my beloved island, being protected by full ASW coverage at 1 hex range.
But, alas!, the hexes adjacent to my island are 60 degrees apart! Because of the 10 degrees rule, the 3 aircrafts will cover 30 degrees, or half of one hex. They will cover the same hex in the AM, then perhaps with some tweaking I can make them cover another hex in the PM, but that's it. 3 aircrafts will cover only 60 degrees through the day - to have full protection I need 18 aircrafts. Oh, snap, those pilots will drink all my beer, darn Aussies.
My point is: 10 degrees is great for long range searches, but perhaps for shorter ranges it could be a bit more? Like, 10, 20, 30 or 60 degrees depending on the search range?
< Message edited by fbs -- 12/28/2009 4:25:43 PM >