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    From: Jackie Ferrari
    Date: 2008 Nov 18, 19:34 -0000

    Hello Guus,
    I am also kind of new to the list in the sense that I have rarely posted but
    I am also very interested in Fred Noonan and Harold Gatty. I am trying to
    write Noonan's biography so I thought I had better learn celestial
    navigation and have just passed my RYA Ocean Yachtmaster but I am very much
    am armchair navigator waiting for a chance to put it all to practice on the
    ocean rather than just in my local waters. My other post today is about
    sextants on aeroplanes which I understand is a hot topic on Tighar just now.
    As you will know in Fred's letter to Weems he said that he carried a sextant
    as a preventer. The discussion is about whether he would have discarded this
    on his last flight. I personally think not because why would he abandon this
    habit on the hardest flight of his career? In addition cannot sextants be
    used in situations where a bubble octant cannot? Such as finding distance
    off? But most of all I think he would have simply carried it as a back up.
    These are just my feelings and it would be nice to hear the professionals
    points of view.
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Guus Dekker" 
    To: "NavList" 
    Sent: Monday, November 17, 2008 10:08 PM
    Subject: [NavList 6578] New
    > Hello,
    > My name is Guus Dekker and i am new in this forum. So let me introduce
    > myself a little bit.
    > I am Dutch and live in Belgium, tomorrow I become 52 years  young.
    > My predilection for (Celestial) Navigation start with observing
    > atlases and  with an Amelia Earhart packet for MS flightsimulator98. I
    > always prefer the vintage aircrafts. More and more I read and find out
    > about AE and Fred Noonan, her navigator, and Harold Gatty,  I love it
    > to know how to calculate ones position without visual landmarks. I
    > join the Tighar AE forum and I buy books and printed out and studied
    > lots of Celestial nav. books from the I-net, such as Bowditch, pub.
    > 229 and 249. Sailing directions, Silicon sea questions and answers,
    > Quartermaster 3 & 2, Jimmy Cornell's World cruising routes, Ocean
    > Navigator on line, plotting sheets, Thomas Stout's An Ocean nav.
    > exercise from Bermuda to Azores, vintage air navigation manuals TM
    > 1 ..., World port index, Chart no. 1, E-6B computer ... etc. etc.
    > So both ways of Celestial Nav. finding your way especially in the
    > Pacific for aircraft and vessels have my interest.
    > Maybe you are thinking that I am an armchair navigator ... Well ...
    > OK,
    > but on my flightsim boat/aircraft in "real weather" in REAL TIME, I
    > will find my way to a little speck of land in the middle of the Ocean
    > with my REAL WORLD sight reduction tables and my "real" simulated
    > bubble sextant.
    > When somebody ask me to join a circumnavigation as Cel.Navigator ... I
    > will say yes ok I am able to do so,(I am also a cook ;-) and  a
    > prudent navigator never relies on a single source of navigation
    > information.
    > So thats why I want to join ...
    > >
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