March 2000 Issue

Go To Nearest

Any GPS will point you at the nearest airports, but that may not help you get there

Moving maps may be what sell the top-of-the-line handheld GPS units, but one of the niftiest features common to all GPS units is the “nearest” feature that points you at the closest airports as quickly as you can push the buttons. It’s a good one, for sure, but doesn’t relieve you of your responsibility to constantly update your engine-out plan.

The moment of power loss is very, very busy. I have been there. After a rapid diagnosis of the problem and trimming for best glide, the next item is “Where am I going?” If you’re flying IFR, Center may be of assistance – or maybe not, as the occupants of an MU2 found out in 1993 on their way into an Iowa barnyard.

The push of a button (or seve...

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