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Features June 2015 Issue

No-Gyro Vectors

Uh oh! Halfway through an IFR cross country flight, it appears your instrument panel has suffered a couple deaths in the family: the attitude indicator, and the heading indicator. A glance at the suction gauge shows none. To top it off, you left your handheld GPS back in the car. You’re in VMC right now, but there’s instrument weather down the road to your destination. A look at your charts shows a decent-sized airport about twenty miles off your right wing that probably has an A&P mechanic. Better to put it down now than get into some clouds without knowing which way’s up. Unfortunately, a scattered cloud deck below is making it hard to pick out any landmarks. Not a good day.

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