March 2000 Issue

Letters: March 2000

Mapcomm Morass
Your recent article on color map navcomms is a bit nutty. You’d think that pilots are having lots of difficulty with failed radios and with getting lost. I doubt that these are even on the pilot-killing top-ten list.

• The attitude gyro is a much more important and deadly problem. The Bonanza panel you show would never be the choice of a pilot who had lots of simulator experience with failed gyros and night IFR experience. What’s wrong?

• The nav and com frequencies and setting knobs on the Apollo and GNS 430 are way too small to see and use.

• The moving maps are too far out of the sight line and too small to be useful on an approach. The giant turn co...

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