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09-21-2011 11:25 AM
apogee1mars I learned on Steam driven instruments for aircraft, and the old school navigation for boats and ships. Technology is nice but it can render primary navigation skills insufficient for many over time. This is a current problem the Airlines is having with many of their pilots. Everything is so automated anymore, off line skills have suffered. Murphy was an optimist.
09-21-2011 11:06 AM
WanderingStar Same as ever. I rarely use gps, though I turn it on entering unfamiliar harbors. But I've only owned one for three years. I still have charts and a hand bearing compass.
09-21-2011 01:24 AM
RedtheBear The Bear's two cents worth
Here in the big pond we know west is Texas, and Mexico, North is La., Miss., Ala., An N Fla, east is Fla. and south is hot, do not go there. Beside stop and ask at the next derrict for directions and can we use the rest room. Gee, what are you doing out of sight of land without a compass, paper charts and even small floating chips, a plastic protractor and watch? Five hundred years ago men were sailing all over the earth with the simplest, read primitive, tools and and instruments and getting there and back. Have we dumbed ourselves into such a low level of knowledge that all we can do is push a button and depend on electronic devices to supply our knowlegledge to us. To go off shore without the basic knowledge of dead reckoning navagation and the tools to do it with is to endanger one's self, the crew and those who will have to come after you. For Shame!
09-21-2011 12:40 AM
blt2ski Whats GPS?!?!?!?! is that using my map/chart and compass? they is removing this option!....oh dear or me oh my! need to go see the wizard! to fix this horrible mess.....paper charts are not working no more.....for shame for shame........may have to go back to using stars.......but it rains too dang much here in the salish sea.....hmmmmm what to do.....what to do......hmmmmmm.........
09-20-2011 09:33 PM
messer999 If the military is concerned about it affecting their GPS systems, then I guess there is a bigger issue then LightSquared is willing to admit to.

Trying to convince a General to softpedal the bad news is never a good move nor is it a good sign. Not sayin' just sayin'
09-20-2011 09:26 PM
DwayneSpeer
Who me?

I've never been lost with or without GPS. I have been a bit bewildered now and again!
09-20-2011 09:19 PM
emoney Unless they find a way to block out the sun and the stars, then I'll be ok.
09-20-2011 09:16 PM
Epicpopsicle Simple question remains though.

Would you be lost without gps?
09-20-2011 07:49 PM
Dfok LightSquared backer Philip Falcone told FoxNews.com all will be just fine. Simple fix.... like the physicist said "tin foils hats for your GPS".
Oh yeah - I'm convinced to trust this guy.......
The threat is not the system "going down". The issue is Falcone and his investors "taking it down" for profit.
09-20-2011 07:36 PM
Epicpopsicle
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Originally Posted by joethecobbler View Post
Not any more than usual.
Same!

I like getting lost. I look at it like it's part of the "Adventure".
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