Map Manipulation

Pilots in light aircraft normally have to perform their own navigation and receive relatively little help from air traffic control. Many pilots use specially designed aviation maps to perform their navigation. However, such maps suffer from limitations. The scale and level of detail is fixed. Moreover, if you orient a map in the direction of flight, the text might be upside down. Since laptop PCs are widely available, it seems reasonable to use a laptop as a display device. A computer-based map can be constructed to provide a variable scale (you need more detail approaching an airport than when en route). Names and features can be added or removed to reduce clutter. Moreover, the map can be designed so that text does not change as the map is rotated (i.e., the up direction can be the direction of flight without changing and text).

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