Originally Posted by Ritchard
I realize it's heresy, but I never even look at the compass. I am a GPS man. I know, you respond, "But what happens if the GPS system goes out?" To which I then reply "if the GPS system goes out that probably means all out war, so I have worse problems to think about."
If I really needed the compass, I am sure I could switch off the radio and use the one in the cabin.
Okay further to that, would a radio give off enough heat that keeping it in the navpod would kill anything?
The VHF only generates significant heat when transmitting and that's just in short bursts. Also consider all the VHF's mounted in the nav station jammed in with lots of other electrics. The navpod (on the cockpit I assume) is better from a heat perspective than that.