Gps updating for ifr flight

09 Apr

In the 1990s, AOPA began advocating a free or low-cost navigation database.

In response to an AOPA request from 1997, senior FAA staff committed to the development and distribution of the database.

AOPA supports FAA efforts to implement the use of GPS and WAAS as the replacement to the current ground-based infrastructure.

The addition of a second nav/com, with a glideslope, and marker beacon receivers was a luxury that many instrument pilots enjoyed.

Radar coverage was minimal, and controllers depended on position reports and checkpoint estimates from pilots to keep airplanes separated.

The cost of Global Positioning System (GPS) database subscriptions continues to be one of the most frequently cited reasons that members are not equipping with Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) certified GPS.

While general aviation pilots generally appreciate the benefits of using GPS, the cost of maintaining a database is between 0-0 annually, and current data is mandatory for all IFR flights according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).