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    Flight Levels CelNav; 02/10/2018
    From: Tracy Shrier
    Date: 2018 Feb 18, 21:24 -0800

    I have finally taken sights and generated a fix position in flight!  I have been studying/practicing pre-planning sights, using 249 V1 more, and (with thanks to Ed Popko and Gary LaPook) using the CPU-42/P Polhemus celestial computer. 

    This night we departed ORD several hours late due to the big snow earlier in the day. Once on top, cruising at FL360, we had a smooth ride and a beautiful stary sky. My westbound markers of earlier winter and earlier evenings had mostly set, so out came the CPU-300/U, some LHAϒ  calculations, and 249 V1. We decided on Aldebaran, Sirius, and Mirfak (first time using Mirfak; 25 on my list of celestial objects sighted for a fix) at a fix time of 0500. Got the Polhemus precomputation worksheet set up and started sights and 0457, finished at 0507. FO shot Mirfak and I shot Sirius and Aldebaran. About 25 minutes later I had my fix, not the fastest, but a first! 

    Sight reduction was done from the visual average of 2 minute sights. Altitudes of Mirfak and Aldebaran above 40° create greater refraction through the CRJ windows, as I'm working through my history I'm seeing the need for 15 or 20° more correction than the Std Dome, but I did not make any extra here.  The cocked hat came out a bit wider with the refraction errors, but the CelNav fix is still only15-16 nm from our FMS location.  I later ran a standard reduction on the sights and plotted lop's advanced/retired to 0500. The results:       FMS - N41°14'  W97°28'                                                                                                                                                                                                                        CPU- 41/P - N41°10'  W97°10'                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Plotted - N41°10'  W97°08'

    Worksheets and plots attached, and as always, I look forward to your reviews. This will be the last for a bit as I'm transitioning over to the Embraer E175. Class starts in March and will be busy, and grounded, for a few months.

    Tracy

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