Reading the ILAFFT in November I could not help but note that had James Taylor had a sat nav in the cockpit he would have known where he was in an instant.
What is it about decrying new technology? What is ‘new’ anyway? Where do we draw the line? Early aircraft had no radios. I wonder whether these were also regarded as a distraction at the time when they were a ‘new fangled’ technology. Would anybody in their right mind fly without one now? Yes, I know it is busier now but there are also a lot more restricted areas – which I can’t help but note are not clearly marked as such on the ground for our convenience.
Yes, sat nav can be a distraction, but so can any other number of things. Such as trying to read a 1:500,000 map against indistinct ground features whilst trying to work out where the heck you are and worrying about whether there is a commercial airliner bearing down on you.
I have sat nav (and a backup and a map) which I have with me at all times – even for flights in the local area. Surely anything that can assist in avoiding restricted airspace or flying into terrain (Skydemon, and I assume all their competitors, issues a warning if you are heading into trouble) is a good thing? But then, I fly a PA-28 spamcan… Clive Taylor by email