THE NAVIGATION GROUND ENVIRONMENT FOR THE PERIOD 1965-1975

Alexander B. Winick

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Abstract: IN DESCRIBING the projected ground based navigation environment for the period 1965 to 1975 expected to exist within the United States, not very much of a crystal ball is needed. For a variety of reasons, some good, and some open to criticism, ground based navaids in use by aviation today appear to have changed slowly. After all, it. is now the 34th anniversary of the four-course range, and it is still with us. It is simple to take this situation and consider it a horrible example of FAA backwardness. But this is an oversimplification of the grossest sort. Although we have been labeled backward in some respects, there are other reasons why navigation aids suitable for use in civil operations change slowly. This is not the time to explore these reasons with you detail, although I can touch upon them briefly. They involve the very nature and role of aviation in our economy. The fact that our system of air navigation and traffic control must satisfy the needs of many diverse elements is a factor, as is the conservative approach associated with the desire for tried and proven techniques to achieve a high order of operational reliability on a dayto- day basis. This factor is one which the airline passenger at least is willing to welcome.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 10, Number 1
Pages: 93 - 97
Cite this article: Winick, Alexander B., "THE NAVIGATION GROUND ENVIRONMENT FOR THE PERIOD 1965-1975", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 10, No. 1, Spring 1963, pp. 93-97.
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