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FMS be­gan life as a com­puter tasked with au­tomat­ing the process of build­ing a flight plan from nu­mer­ous way­points. The lat­est FMS units are in­te­grated through­out much of an air trans­port cat­e­gory air­craft’s avion­ics suite. The mod­ern FMS’ abil­ity to uti­lize WAAS GPS tech­nol­ogy gives it un­par­al­leled ver­ti­cal and lat­eral ap­proach guid­ance ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Flight man­age­ment com­put­ers can auto-tune the va­ri­ety of nav fre­quen­cies de­manded on a cross-coun­try flight. To­day’s FMS is ca­pa­ble of blend­ing GPS nav­i­ga­tion with VOR, VOR-DME and in­er­tial nav­i­ga­tion when needed.

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