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Features June 2013 Issue

Is Expired Data Usable?

Common knowledge suggests that expired GPS databases cannot be safely or legally used in IFR flying. But that’s not entirely accurate.

There is no question that pilots planning to fly IFR should always keep a current database in their approved GPS. It’s not difficult and it demonstrates a professional attitude toward instrument flight and aircraft maintenance. In the perfect black and white world of flight schools and checkrides, this would be standard. However, in the real world of dumb luck and Murphy’s Law, this topic gets a little murky. …

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