March 1998 Issue

Letters 03/98

Simpler GPS
I enjoyed your article on simpler GPS in the January, 1998 issue. Standardization of the design and operation of these devices is desired if for no other reason than for safety.

Many pilots fly more than one aircraft with navigation equipment manufactured by various companies and across various model ranges. If the pilot inadvertently uses the wrong sequences or pushes the wrong button or becomes transfixed by what the unit is displaying, his attention is diverted for too long a period and you have a 100 MPH-plus guided missile.

ARINC would be the ideal organization to create a specification or standard agreed to by the manufacturers and the FAA. ARINC is sub...

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