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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 16737 posts, RR: 28
Posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 8725 times:

This came up in another thread and I thought I should start a new thread to get an answer. Is there any extra navigation equipment that is necessary for an aircraft to fly a polar routing? It seems to me that something extra would be needed to fly that close to the north pole. After all, most all headings are south, but a flight needs the one that leads to London or wherever.

Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17649 posts, RR: 65
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 8701 times:

As I understand it, between GPS and/or inertial navigation, I think they're fine. Magnetic compasses have issues around the pole, but those are relegated to backup status nowadays.

"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineFredT From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 2185 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 8482 times:

Certain INS systems have latitude limits and are not approved for use within a few degrees of latitude from the pole.

Then there are additional confuscations regarding the navigation. Here's an article outlining the problems and suggesting the later adopted method of polar grid navigation.


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