A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Position-Finding
From: Mark Coady
Date: 2017 Aug 5, 05:54 -0700
I certainly would be interested in a concise summary, if one exists, on the sight reduction methodology/approach most effective for a fast moving aircraft. I know on the water that is a tall order, simply because there are so many themes and variations in method your head will spin. I keep thinking of long distance flights in world war II without electronic calculators. How many planes were lost due to navigational problems? That would be an interesting guess/statistic. I think of aircraft trying to find their carrier in the vast ocean....yikes what role did true celestial have in carrier aircraft navigation vs trying to fly back up your own track with dead reckoning?
I am intimidated by the thought of air navigation, simply because I am a more methodical problem solver and not fast with my calculations. When moving very quickly, I assume speed takes on a significant role, hence variations in approach and aids to improve it.
I hopefully can be forgiven for neglecting the air navigation folks. Its a subject I dare not tender too much, simply because I don't know enough about it to be sure I am maintaining accuracy in method.
I did actually work through the example problems in 249 and read up on the the extra corrections for MOO or MOB, for multiple sights.... and the mentioned Coriolis Effect, when I was first using 249, but to say I understand the peculairities unique to air navigation would be a mistake.
Thus I stuck to safer territory on the waters surface, where I am most at home.
Honestly this task was already quite a challenge and it was done over a period of days, as I would get shipwrecked or beached on various parts or verses and would have to come back with a fresh head another time. Some poems drool forth in minutes, others take days, weeks or months.
Who knows, maybe I should tackle Lunars next...lolol....