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Features January 2016 Issue

GPS Makes Us Smarter

What 1970s-era instrument pilot wouldn’t have loved the situational awareness provided by a couple screens like Garmin’s G600?

GPS Makes Us Smarter

It’s not a crutch, cheat, or gimmick. GPS lets you be equally successful with far less effort—or an even better pilot if you use it to your advantage. Just learn how to stay engaged.

I am tired of the rant: These technologically advanced cockpits—these GPS toys—are making us lazy idiots, slave to the magenta line. Next comes the “back in the day” bit about how we used to fly full-procedure NDB approaches in the rain with quartering tailwinds—both ways. If these computer kids would just turn off those screens and fly VOR needles and a mental map, they’d be such better pilots. Gimme a break. That’s like saying nobody drives a stick any more, so we ought to manually shift our automatic transmissions to be better drivers. Given that in some cases now the only possible navigation is by GPS, it’s like saying manual shifting would make better Prius drivers when they don’t even have 3, 2, and L to select.

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