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    Fwd: [bluecoat] Wanted: Celestial Navigators (fwd)
    From: Richard B. Langley
    Date: 2002 May 22, 23:02 -0300

    Please see the item below. I believe there are some former aviation navigators
    on the list who might be able to help out Steve Casner with his article. If
    so, please contact him directly. Thanks.
    -- Richard Langley
       Professor of Geodesy and Precision Navigation
     Richard B. Langley                            E-mail: lang@unb.ca
     Geodetic Research Laboratory                  Web: http://www.unb.ca/GGE/
     Dept. of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering    Phone:    +1 506 453-5142
     University of New Brunswick                   Fax:      +1 506 453-4943
     Fredericton, N.B., Canada  E3B 5A3
         Fredericton?  Where's that?  See: http://www.city.fredericton.nb.ca/
    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    Date: Wed, 22 May 2002 17:33:21 -0300
    From: George Dewar 
    To: lang@unb.ca
    Subject: Fwd: [bluecoat] Wanted: Celestial Navigators
    Anything for this guy?
    >Date: Wed, 22 May 2002 13:10:25 -0700
    >Subject: [bluecoat] Wanted: Celestial Navigators
    >From: Stephen Casner 
    >I'm writing an article for an aviation magazine about ... celestial
    >navigation.  Are there any pilots out there that used to do celestial in
    >airplanes?  I'm looking for any experiences, histories, insights, and
    >quotes that might make interesting material for this piece.  Nothing could
    >be more valuable than the insights of someone who's spent a few years
    >poking their head up into that astrodome and bringing down some
    >stars.  I'd look forward to talking to anyone, either over the BC mailing
    >list or offline.
    >The main point my article makes is:  as we progress farther into the age
    >of the computerized cockpit, it might not be a bad idea for young pilots
    >to at least familiarize themselves with the basic ideas of the old-school
    >methods of navigation.  Being able to visualize, and reason one's way
    >around a 3-dimensional world will never be obsolete.  As Bob Buck nicely
    >says in his new book:  looking over your shoulder and seeing Polaris
    >shining in the night sky is a nice way to reassure yourself that you are
    >indeed heading east.
    >Steve Casner
    >NASA Ames Research Center
        George Dewar - dewarg@nbnet.nb.ca  VE9GFD  N46 03 18  W064 48 24
        3 Killarney Rd.  Riverview, N.B., Canada, E1B
        TEL. (506) 386-3449

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