The good news is that the GPS on the 340 is no longer intermittent

The bad news is that it is fully broke. Which is sorta good, as it will be easier to find the issue.

Had a great day of flying today. Flew to KJXN and had brunch with Aaron.

We landed nearly at the exact same time. talked, ate, talked some more,  showed the planes to some kids, and flew away.

It was a good day.

Having said that, the GPS shit-the-bed about halfway to Jackson, and I had to do real VFR flying and navigating. Which is getting harder to do as the FAA decommissions more and more navaids. But I remembered how to fly without GPS and made it there and back. Compass headings and wind corrections and VFR landmarks.

Sadly, no pics that are worth showing, as I fell down on the job of photographer.

As we were preflighting, a dad with kids showed up at the fence, and we invited them to see the planes up close. I discovered that Aaron is REALLY good with kids, a skill I lack.

Then with them back behind the fence, we fired up the engines and I followed Aaron out and we taxiied to the runway, A quick runup and he was off.

He (Aaron) had issues with birds on takeoff, I heard him report it and climbed faster (nice having a twin sometimes) and never saw the birds.

Overall, it was a good day of flying. 49 minutes more or less each way, clear skies and nearly no wind.

7 thoughts on “The good news is that the GPS on the 340 is no longer intermittent

  1. You’re actually very good with kids–a good teacher as well.

  2. Nice! Well, at least now the GPS is no longer intermittent… Now maybe they can find out why!

    • The GPS on the phone does work, but the mapping doesn’t without the cell service. Not much cell service at 7 or 8 thousand feet.

      The maps for flying are somewhat different as well.

      • Well, I used to be a corporate pilot and I used mine clear up to 10,000 feet. Just got to be willing to sort of track the highways. Great for VFR on top. This was in the Rocky Mountains. Stay off the federal highways, ATC complains.

        • With the move to 5g you don’t get the coverage at altitude anymore.

          You can use ForeFlight on a phone or IPad, and that works really, really, well. Maps like Apple maps or Google maps not so much.

          But so does “old School” IFR nav. Especially when it is in the area you trained in. I even remembered the VOR frequencies without having to look ’em up.

          How long ago were you a corporate pilot?

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