THE AAF APPROACH TO POLAR NAVIGATION

Captain Fred A. Gross, Jr.

Abstract: The AAF navigation training program includes polar navigation primarily to provide the student with a more complete knowledge of navigational theory. The problems of polar navigation are not intrinsically different than those encountered in the lower latitudes ; however, each navigational problem confronts the navigator at the pole in its extrenie and most difficult application. The problems Of direction determination, convergency, magnetic variation, and chart distortion assume paramount importance to the navigator. The student receives 46 hours of instruction, orientation, and practice in polar navigational problems, or more time than is spent in classroom instruction in celestial navigation theory, practices, and Instruments. This breakdown may seem somewhat overbalanced, but polar navigation instruction includes the special applications of DR, radar, loran, radio, pilotage, and celestial procedures to the Polar Regions.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 1, Number 3
Pages: 47 - 49
Cite this article: Gross, Captain Fred A., Jr.,, "THE AAF APPROACH TO POLAR NAVIGATION", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 1, No. 3, 1946, pp. 47-49.
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