AIRCRAFT POSSIBILITIES FOR TRUE NORTH GYRO COMPASS

Richard Y. Miner

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: Suppose that yachts could fly. The yacht Fantasy and an aircraft are sitting at the San Francisco airport readying for trips to Seattle. The Fantasy plans a course of 000° all the way. The aircraft plans various magnetic courses because of the changing variation. First she will fly 342°, then 341°, then 340°, then 339°, then 338°. Like aircraft, she uses some type of magnetic compass. The Fantasy, like all merchant and naval ships, uses a True North Gyro Compass for her Master Compass. Maritime dependence on the earth’s magnetic field ended in 1908 when Dr. Anschutz of Kiel produced the first seaworthy true north gyro compass to point out the chart meridian.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 5, Number 1
Pages: 23 - 29
Cite this article: Miner, Richard Y., "AIRCRAFT POSSIBILITIES FOR TRUE NORTH GYRO COMPASS", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 5, No. 1, 1956, pp. 23-29.
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