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HP-41 GPS Module - True or fiction?
11-07-2016, 05:40 PM
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RE: HP-41 GPS Module - True or fiction?
(11-07-2016 11:52 AM)Maximilian Hohmann Wrote:  
(11-07-2016 05:40 AM)Garth Wilson Wrote:  Compare to older airplanes ....

I understand that reasoning, but there is another side to that as well: Especially pilots of historic aircraft often refuse to use modern technology when flying their antiques, because at the time their open cockpit biplanes were built, there was no radio and no radionavigation either. So they only use what was available then: Stopwatch, map and compass.

I know, as our company makes aircraft communications equipment (I design the electronics), and yes, some of these aircraft owners want things battery-powered and not attached to the aircraft, whether it's for a J3 Cub with no electrical system, an ultralight, or whatever. One of our intercoms went into an aircraft Amelia Earhart flew, and they put the controls where you had to reach between the seat and the wall to work them, because they wanted everything modern to be hidden. For others, they have their hand-held GPS, hand-held radio, and other hand-held things, because they want their modern electronics but they want to keep the antique antique.

I was not talking about the sport planes though. I was talking about military and commercial jets that are still in combat service and daily passenger service. These aircraft have been outfitted with new electronics and improved engines; but the aircraft themselves are decades old. (Lots of HP-41 links at the bottom of the links page, )
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