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Features August 2017 Issue

Points in Space

Points in Space

RNAV simplifies flying from point to point without all that tuning and twisting—most of the time. Here’s a workout for your intersection aptitude that’s fun with or without GPS.

The first GPS I used in the air was a Garmin 95 portable. Brick-shaped and nearly brick-sized, it’s etch-a-sketch screen was a still a revelation. We could go direct to airway fixes and watch the little black pixels approach just as the CDI needles swung to center. This was back when we taught instrument students how to eyeball a course “direct” to a fix defined by two VOR radials.

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