LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
MAC, JUST WANTED TO tell you how much I enjoyed the article you wrote in
the latest issue on the NDB approach. I have been a CFII for 40 years and
still get a kick out of doing an occasional NDB approach with my students,
especially if they have the old box in their aircraft that is functional.
Many believe that because it is old technology and no longer a requirement for the instrument rating flight test that they can just ignore using it.
I am one of the last holdouts that you can add to the list of pilots who
consider it a good backup device. It is really not that difficult to perform
an NDB approach, but the stigma still exists of it being a brainteaser. I
also enjoyed reading the history of the GPS development that was part
of your article.
Tom Gilmore, EAA 172193, Stuart, Florida
ENJOYED THE ARTICLE “NDB, the Instrument Approach That Won’t Die.”
The problem I have with GPS is—it appears all of the eggs are going into
a flimsy basket. Too many things can interfere with it—LightSquared, for
example. … You can search the web and find many warnings about the
vulnerability of the GPS system. … As for flat-screen TVs in the cockpit,
it has been proven that we comprehend 85 percent of what we see on
the electronic devices versus hard copy. It is the 15 percent that I miss
that worries me.
Vern Childers, EAA 797084, Moore, Idaho
Don’t Forget Us Experimentals, Mike Busch
AS A LONGTIME MEMBER of EAA, I’d like to compliment Mike
Busch on his excellent articles in Sport Aviation. They are
insightful and useful. … A small addition to those articles,
perhaps in the form of a note in closing, mentioning applicability to experimental aircraft, would be much appreciated
by those of us building or flying non-production aircraft. …
I realize the magazine is now geared primarily to the GA
flying population, but as long as “EAA” is still in the organization’s title, it would give a few of us a warm, fuzzy feeling
to feel included.
Mike McMains, EAA 148230, Waco, Texas
Mike, your point is very well-taken and is something I’ve
been growing increasingly conscious about based on feedback I’ve received from Sport Aviation readers. … I am
somewhat handicapped in this regard by the fact that 100
percent of my aviation background has been with standard
category certificated GA airplanes. But I’m a reasonably
quick study and have made a promise to address the subject
of applicability to and/or differences with experimental aircraft and LSA in my articles and webinars going forward.
I appreciate your feedback.
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