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Aero Navigation - Part 1 Through 9 of 35

Ed Yung, PE

This introductory course covers the first 9 of the 35 courses included in this series. It describes Background, Theory, Accuracy, Application & some Cost Information pertaining to 35 different mostly complex Aero Navigation Systems that were developed over the decades; largely by Engineers.

Three “truly revolutionary” new Aero Navigation systems are included. These state-of-the-art Aero Navigation systems are still undergoing development & implementation. All 3 will very soon result in an enormous improvement in many types of flying; especially instrument approaches. Only a minute portion of current military or professional pilots have heard of these as of late 2009.

An Aero Navigation system is defined as a distinct method of performing Aero Navigation of an aircraft.

Few occupations, avocations or hobbies draw upon Engineering as strongly as Aero Navigation.

Most are ingenious, highly technical, & involve special equipment such as computers & specialized electronic instruments & receivers.

This Aero Navigation course provides an Engineering perspective on 35 different Aero Navigation systems.

A few of the 35 Aero Navigation systems are Celestial, OMNI, GPS, LORAN, Grid, Multiple Drift, & Pressure Pattern.

Some Aero Nav systems are quite simple, or involve little or no equipment. Most do require considerable technical knowledge &/or complex electronics; or devoted Aero Nav mechanical instruments.

The oldest is reportedly 5,000 years old. Some were developed nearly 200 years ago; most within the past 60 years. One literally evolved from sticks & strings to elaborate highly complex modern systems with complex instruments over a few hundred years.

Most of the 600,000 American pilots have knowledge of, or have used, only 4 Aero Nav systems. Very few professional pilots are familiar with 10.

Some of the information covered in this Aero Navigation course could literally save a person’s life, especially if he is a pilot.

Descriptors that apply to some of the Aero Nav systems: Highly Technical, Ingenious, Difficult to Implement, Challenging, Very Simple, User Friendly, Extremely Important in 2009, Extremely Important for the Foreseeable Future, State-of-the-Art, Advancing the State-of-the-Art, 5,000 Years Old; Precise, Very Old, Obsolete (but in use), Obsolete, & Primitive.

An Aero Navigator must understand aircraft performance, & the specific impact of the atmosphere on aircraft performance. This relationship is discussed in detail throughout this PDH-Aero Navigation course.

This introductory course covers the first 9 of the 35 courses included in this series. The remaining will be limited to information on the specific system. Note that 60% of this Introductory course is devoted to background, support, & ancillary information for those unfamiliar with Aero Navigation..

The author is a PE who is also a serious & very enthusiastic pilot holding most available FAA flying licenses & ratings, including that of Aero Navigator. He has enjoyed flying 45 types of planes including turbojet, turbo prop, glider, blimp, hot air balloon, amphibian, aerobatic biplanes, monoplanes; trigear, mono gear, & taildragger. His Engineering experience includes R&D & design of Medical Apparatus, Aerospace Products, Optical Instruments, & an assortment of heavy industrial products.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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