A compass may save your life
Flying safely in aircraft implies the use of navigation
instruments. Among them, the magnetic compass is still a first
choice for orientation and it is compulsory in all aircraft. In our
increasingly sophisticated but fragile world of global navigation
systems and gyroscopic sensors, the compass is especially useful as
a back-up: it has high reliability and is likely to survive in
harsh electromagnetic aggressions or when all power supplies have
How to use a compass correctly?
This book examines in detail how the science of geomagnetism is
able to promote a correct use of the magnetic compass for
navigation. A selected group of specialists met in Ohrid, Macedonia
to expose their approaches to the question. Using techniques from
Geology, Instrument science, Magnetism, Chaos theory and Potential
Fields applied to the Balkan region and surroundings, they put
together a roadmap to fully tackle the issue of measurement,
analysis, mapping and forecasting of the magnetic declination in
support of aeronautical safety.
Aircraft safety in the Balkans
The Balkans, like most regions on Earth, experience increasing air
traffic. Yet several airplane crashes have been seen in the area
some of them unexplained. The division of former Yugoslavia in the
early nineties and the abandon of geomagnetic measurements in many
parts of the area since then have left the compass users without
reliable and uniform magnetic declination data. The Authors have
therefore focused their expertise on the Balkan and surrounding
countries, considering them as a good candidate for a case
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