Concerns with relying on GPS for terrain display

Posted By on November 10, 2009

Wingtip damageAn EAA284 friend of mine sent me a YouTube link of a “near death CFIT” (Controlled Flight Into Terrain) and watching it reminds many of how we’ve become too dependent on low cost electronics. Many recreational pilots have become too GPS focused and a video clip of a close call reminds us not to use it as a primary piloting tool. (Thanks  for the link Steve and check out his aviation blog) The wing damage at the end of the video clip  below shows just how close a call this was.

Comments

  • JT

    Wow that was a close brush with death. No wonder I’m not fond of flying in small planes.

  • It was a frighteningly close call, but hope that seeing this just sharpens the “thinking” of pilots getting too casual about weather, terrain and their electronic tools.

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