Mag2True – Aviation Heading Reference Transition Action Group

The International Association of Institutes of Navigation has taken up the initiative to transition to true tracks in aviation. To this end, IAIN established a “Mag2True Working Group“. This page provides information on the Working Group. The group, which is now formally called “Aviation Heading Reference Transition Action Group”, holds regular on-line meetings. The secretary can be contacted via email at


"Magnetic or True? The Battle For The Direction Datum" by Paul Hickley. Navigation News, Royal Institute of Navigation, Jan-Feb 2017.2017
Paper to ICAO titled "Elimination of Magnetic Variation in Air Operations in 2030 - True North Reference System".2018
"True Stories: True North". CANSO Airspace Magazine, Quarter 3 2019.2019
"Changing from Magnetic to True Tracks in Aviation" / "Transition de la route magnétique à la route vraie dans l’aviation" by Bart Banning, Anthony MacKay, and Paul Hickley. European Navigation Conference 2020 (ENC 2020).2020

"Concept of Operations: True North", Draft Version 1. NAV CANADA.2020
"Moving towards true north". Overview presentation and ICAO working papers and committee reports NAV CANADA has authored (external link).2021
"Charting a Path for the Increased Use of True North in Aviation". ICAO Working Paper HLCC 2021-WP/150.2021
"Why aviation’s compass is shifting towards True navigation" by David Learmount. FlightGlobal/Flight International Magazine (external link).2021
"NAV CANADA: Magnetic to True North, Change by 2030". Video on ICAO TV (external link; free ICAO TV account required).2022
"Magnetic to True North - Change by 2030". Presentation by Anthony MacKay, Operational Safety, NAV CANADA.2022

Note: This webpage is hosted by the Netherlands Institute of Navigation (NIN).