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Ed Yung, PE
This course covers Aero Navigation systems 10 through 35 of the 35 Aero Navigation system course included in this series. It describes Background, Theory, Accuracy, Application & some Cost Information pertaining to 35 different mostly complex Aero Navigation Systems that were developed over the decades; largely by Engineers
Three “truly revolutionary ” new Aero Navigation systems are included. These state-of-the-art Aero Navigation systems are still undergoing development & implementation. All 3 will very soon result in an enormous improvement in many types of flying; especially instrument approaches. Only a small portion of current military or professional pilots have heard of these as of late 2009.
Additionally, several even more advanced Aero Navigation system "concepts" are discussed briefly.
An Aero Navigation system is defined as a distinct method of performing Aero Navigation of an aircraft.
Few occupations, avocations or hobbies draw upon Engineering as strongly as Aero Navigation
Most are ingenious, highly technical, & involve special equipment such as computers & specialized electronic instruments & receivers.
A few of the 35 Aero Navigation systems are Celestial, OMNI, GPS, LORAN, Grid, Multiple Drift, & Pressure Pattern.
Some Aero Nav systems are quite simple, or involve little or no equipment. Most do require considerable technical knowledge &/or complex electronics; or devoted Aero Nav mechanical instruments.
The oldest nav system is reportedly 5,000 years old. Some were developed nearly 200 years ago; most within the past 60 years. One literally evolved from sticks & strings to elaborate highly complex modern systems with complex instruments over a few hundred years.
Most of the 600,000 American pilots have knowledge of, or have used, only 4 Aero Nav systems. Very few professional pilots are familiar with 10.
Some of the information covered in this Aero Navigation course could literally save a person’s life, especially if he is a pilot
Descriptors that apply to some of the Aero Nav systems: Highly Technical, Ingenious, Difficult to Implement, Challenging, Very Simple, User Friendly, Extremely Important in 2009, Extremely Important for the Foreseeable Future, State-of-the-Art, Advancing the State-of-the-Art, 5,000 Years Old; Precise, Very Old, Obsolete (but in use), Obsolete, & Primitive.
An Aero Navigator must understand aircraft performance, & the specific impact of the atmosphere on aircraft performance. This relationship is discussed in detail throughout this PDH-Aero Navigation course.
The author is a PE who is also a serious & very enthusiastic pilot holding most available FAA flying licenses & ratings, including that of Aero Navigator. He has enjoyed 4,600 flying hours in 45 types of planes including turbojet, turbo prop, glider, blimp, hot air balloon, amphibian, aerobatic biplanes, monoplanes; trigear, mono gear, & taildragger. His Engineering experience includes R&D & design of Medical Apparatus, Aerospace Products, Optical Instruments, & an assortment of state-of-the-art & heavy industrial products, including "severe service metal seated ball valves" that were designed specifically for a wide variety of hostile environments & media; from cryogenic temperatures to 2,200° F. He designed the world's largest & fastest pipe bender for field installation. It cold bent 5 ft diameter x 1" thick pipe with a 6.25 million lb. force at the fulcrum.
This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
NY PE & PLS: You must choose courses that are technical in nature or related to matters of laws and ethics contributing to the health and welfare of the public. NY Board does not accept courses related to office management, risk management, leadership, marketing, accounting, financial planning, real estate, and basic CAD. Specific course topics that are on the borderline and are not acceptable by the NY Board have been noted under the course description on our website.