Max Trescott's GPS & WAAS Instrument Flying Handbook

Max Trescott's GPS & WAAS Instrument Flying Handbook
Max Trescott's GPS & WAAS Instrument Flying Handbook
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Extensive resource on safely using GPS and WAAS systems.
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Extensive resource on safely using GPS and WAAS systems.

In his GPS and WAAS Instrument Flying Handbook, 2008 National CFI of the Year and GPS expert Max Trescott teaches readers much more than just mastering the buttons, knobs, and switches of today's navigation systems. Throughout the book, Trescott shares a wealth of safety tips to help pilots avoid the problem areas and pitfalls that can easily snare the unsuspecting GPS operator. To reinforce the material, Max refers to NTSB and NASA reports that show the seriousness an improper GPS/WAAS use. He also provides an incredible amount of need-to-know knowledge on efficient operation in the IFR environment. An extremely well-written resource for VFR and IFR aviators, this book also highlights the intricacies of operating several of the most popular modern systems from Garmin and Bendix/King. Arguably the most comprehensive, safety-enhancing compilation on GPS available anywhere.

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Don't get stuck in the clouds wondering which button to push!
Get the one book that tells pilots what they need to know to safely fly using a modern GPS receiver and autopilot. Most books treat GPS as a subtopic and don't tell everything you need to know about using GPS. Max Trescott's GPS and WAAS Instrument Flying Handbook recognizes that GPS is at the center of modern cockpits and not just add-on equipment. Designed for both VFR and IFR pilots, this book tells you what you need to know to safely operate modern GPS systems including detailed, step-by-step instructions for the Bendix/King KLN 94, Garmin GNS 430, 430W, 480, 530, 530W and G900X, G1000 and Perspective glass cockpits.

Modern technology is rapidly changing the avionics used in new Beechcraft, Cessna, Cirrus, Diamond, Mooney, Pilatus, Piper, TBM and other General Aviation aircraft. However the complexity of GA cockpits has increased to the point where pilots now need separate GPS and autopilot training. Operating the equipment is not intuitive and safety dictates that pilots understand how to get the most out of a modern GPS receiver.

Max Trescott's latest book takes the reader through the details of how GPS and WAAS, the Wide Area Augmentation System, operate. Then he gives detailed instructions for operating the most popular panel mounted GPS. He explores common misperceptions such as the myth of "activating the approach" and why you never need to do it. He also explains the new WAAS minimums: LPV, LNAV/VNAV, LNAV, LNAV+V, and LP and why checking RAIM no longer matters with a WAAS-capable GPS receiver.

Experienced pilots may be surprised to learn why you should always load an approach with an IAF—even when receiving vectors to final. They'll also learn why what they used to do with the SUSP key will now get them in trouble when loading an instrument approach.

Throughout the book, NTSB reports and NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System pilot reports are used to illustrate pitfalls in using—and misusing—GPS equipment. Dozens of practical GPS and IFR tips, gleaned from the industry's most experienced flight instructors are clearly displayed in the margins. Serious pilots who want to understand all of the intricacies of using their GPS and autopilot while avoiding common "gotchas" will want a copy of Max Trescott's GPS and WAAS Instrument Flying Handbook.

Learn What All Pilots Should Know
  • The big differences between the Direct-to key and using a flight plan.
  • Getting started entering flight plans.

    Learn the Right Way to Load Approaches including:
  • The myth of needing to "activate the approach".
  • Why you'll never want to load an approach without an IAF—even when receiving vectors to final.
  • When to Load versus to Activate an instrument approach.
  • Why pushing the SUSP key gets you in trouble when loading an instrument approach.

    Learn About Flying Instrument Approaches
  • How to fly ALL instrument approach types.
  • Why checking RAIM alone isn't sufficient with a WAAS-capable GPS receiver.
  • How to use your autopilot along every step of the approach.
  • Why your autopilot may fail to couple to an ILS glide slope.
  • Why some missed approaches begin before a GPS counts down to zero.

    Learn About WAAS and other New Capabilities
  • Details on new minimums: LPV, LNAV/VNAV, LNAV, LNAV+V, and LP.
  • How to tell if a GPS is certified to use new WAAS-based approaches.
  • Different regulations that apply to WAAS-based GPS receivers.
  • Loading airways and flying GPS-based T- and Q-route airways.

    Endorsed by Rod Machado.
    "Max Trescott has done it again with the publication of Max Trescott's WAAS and GPS Flying Handbook. This book is an absolute must-have for your flying library if you're an instrument rated pilot or are working on your instrument rating. It's a comprehensive, no-nonsense guide to understanding and flying GPS approaches. Max takes you from the basics to the advanced aspects of WAAS based GPS approaches and covers the nitty-gritty details that are oh-so necessary to safely use today's sophisticated GPS equipment."
    —Rod Machado, Flight Instructor, Author and National Aviation Safety Counselor
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