NAVIGATIONAL EQUIPMENT IN THE SUPERSONIC CONCORDE IN 1970

Jean de Lagarde

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Abstract: INTRODUCTION A GREAT DEAL HAS ALREADY been written about the navigational problems presented by the appearance in the near future of supersonic civil aircraft; in this paper I shall try to give a quick description of the methods that will be available in the supersonic CONCORDE in 1970, with an account of the chief considerations that governed their choice. While there is no doubt that there is a specific navigational problem proper to supersonic aircraft, it does not present itself in as critical a form as some writers believe. When the present-day jets came into service there was not, strictly speaking, any real gap to be bridged. The conventional methods and means used in prop-driven aircraft were taken over, with whatever further adaptations were required for particular cases-such, for example, as polar navigat, ion. In spite of the increase in speed, there was still sufficient time for the navigator to check position and heading at regular intervals.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 16, Number 1
Pages: 90 - 96
Cite this article: de Lagarde, Jean, "NAVIGATIONAL EQUIPMENT IN THE SUPERSONIC CONCORDE IN 1970", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 16, No. 1, Spring 1969, pp. 90-96.
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