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Features May 2017 Issue

What If GPS Doesn’t?

If you fly enough, this is inevitable, even if only due to outside influences. Having an advance plan reduces stress.

What If GPS Doesn’t?

The future of the National Airspace System is going to be heavily dependent upon the use of GPS navigation. It’s sure great when it works, but what happens when it doesn’t?

Anything that can go wrong, will, and at the worst possible moment—so states Finagle’s corollary to Murphy’s Law. This notion is drilled into pilots from the beginning, so that it becomes second nature to have a plan to handle all sorts of potential failures that could be experienced in flight. Engine failure: check. Instrument and system malfunction: got it covered. Communication failure: no problem. GPS failure... Uhhh, what? Hang on a minute.

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