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    Dead Reckoning or Ded Reckoning for navigation?

    Latest Gasco Safety bulletin brings this etymological conundrum up again (well the editor does).

    My dictionary (a paper one dated 1975, and my late FIL's dated 1938) only refer to Dead Reckoning.

    The current edition of Wikipedia points to an amusingly written article which explains the author's research into the etymology of both terms.

    I use Dead - actually I tend to use a GPS for location nowadays if I'm going beyond my local cabbage patch, and pilotage for determining headings and turn points.




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    Dead right!
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    Thanks Joan,

    I enjoyed that article. My first and maybe last flight of 2020 was last Thursday. It was a beautiful evening and I got into the air in my Quantum 503 at about 4 pm. As I didn't want to visit any airstrips due to Covid-19, and the thoughts of just flying around locally didn't excite me I decided to just wander off and see what happened. No plan. My little Garmin eTrex GPS was not working due to the 2 AA batteries being flat. So Map, Compass and Stopwatch it was. Dead Reckoning all the way. I flew for 2.5 hours, following roads, rivers, canals, railway lines and compass headings. It was fantastic, very enjoyable and I was busy all the time. Hope you are well and this crazy time does not get too out of control. Stay well and stay safe.

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    As we can't go flying or practice navigation at the moment, this might be worth a read
    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...dFlvXbhLpS4cbL

    It's a history of navigation in the RAF

    And if you think you need GPS to navigate, take a look at this
    https://youtu.be/NQWZEVaoFKQ
    Last edited by Martin Watson; 30-03-20 at 19:12 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by damienair View Post
    ... My first and maybe last flight of 2020 was last Thursday.... Stay well and stay safe.
    Damien
    As a matter of interest, Ginge has tried to start a discussion on the BMAA forum about pre-flight vigilance after what may be a long, unprepared-for break.

    Technically, I don't think "following roads, rivers, canals, railway lines" is Dead Reckoning navigation; it's pilotage I think. Nonetheless, I'll agree it is (or has been) fun.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MadamBreakneck View Post
    it's pilotage I think.
    I thought that was a South African wine.


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