- What would occur if a small plane were informed, by GPS, that their location was not amidst hills, but in the open? Flying blind, the pilot would assume his altitude safe. Beyond confused guidance systems, small planes lack the ability to recover from electromagnetic surges.
- ZetaTalk: Small Plane Crashes
- Beyond these problems, airplanes use satellites to guide them, magnetic orientation to guide them, and these likewise will either fail on occasion or given invalid readings.
- ZetaTalk: 2002 Quickening
The mechanism in cars that allow the driver to see where he is on a map, in any state, in any city, is a GPS guided system. Where the opportunity to discuss this on the air during the Oct 27, 2004 Lou Gentile show was not present as the show time had ended, this is how very common GPS system use is.
The caller mentioned on the air having posted his opinions on tt-watch, quoted here:
Actually, I worked with the FAA not for them. However, I've been involved in aviation since 1976 and wrote pilot training manuals for eleven years. I now write maintenance publications for a large aircraft modification center. Her post about GPS is still so full of holes it's pathetic. The first civilian GPS products did not appear until the mid 1980's and GPS products for the general aviation community did not start appearing until the early 1990's. Certified for non-precision approach units did not appear until the mid 1990's. GPS and civilian aviation have a very short history in relative terms. Before that there was radio range (obsolete), VHF-Nav (almost every GA aircraft has one or more), ADF (pre-dates VORs), Inertial Navigation System (INS - only the big boys and the military have these). Enough of my rant. Tom
In his own words, he states that
GLP has been employed as compasses have been failing, thus, only recently. Because the compasses have been failing, GPS has in fact been pushed as a replacement for compasses for small planes and their landing strips.
Smaller Airports To Get GPS-Like Guidance Systems Early Source: NewsbytesBy Don Phillips, Washington Post WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A., 13 Mar 2002, 7:49 AM CST Regional airlines, business aircraft and small private planes will be able to land more safely at more than 2,500 small airports using satellites for guidance under new procedures to be introduced by the Federal Aviation Administration starting late next year, two years earlier than planned.
I believe you would love the following article (unfortunately there is no English version) http://inauka.ru/news/article29525/print.html Specialists from Central Military and Technical Institute (Russia) have noticed a shift of Earths geomagnetic poles by 200 km. Leading specialist of the Institute explains it as a geomagnetic influence of nearby space systems. This causes weather anomalies and change of Earth rotation speed. Scientist warns that current changes need to be understood in order to consider their practical consequences. He believes that an increasing number of plane crashes could be caused by this phenomenon.
The Gulfstream to carry Bush Sr. to Ecuador was noted to have a GPS system on board. Discussion among pilots, including those who fly into Love airport.
Most Gulfstreams as top of the line jets would have redundancy with IFR GPS back up systems
Surely the have a GPS working in conjunction with the nav, even that would show 3.4 miles to threshold.