Navigation Aid Failure

Given the length of the typical commercial flight, it is likely that weather conditions will vary during the course of travel. When choosing whether or not to let a flight depart, airlines evaluate the weather likely to be encountered en route, hopefully erring on the side of caution. But realistically, any flight may leave a pilot at least temporarily relying on navigation aids to help him or her cope with limited visibility due to clouds, rain, snow, or fog.

Though pilots are trained to operate their planes safely under these conditions, they must rely heavily upon the technical assistance of navigation aids when visual flight rules are not in place. The failure of these devices can cause or worsen aviation accidents, and the victims of these crashes may be eligible to receive compensation. To learn more, contact the Des Moines airplane accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600.

Common Types of Navigation Aids

Navigation aids fall beyond the realm of what the layperson is likely to consider when he or she thinks about the mechanics of commercial aviation, so it can be difficult to understand the role that they play in enabling safe flight. Some navigation aids serve to provide guidance from the ground level by using radio beacons to help pilots maintain direction and spatial orientation, while others do considerably more than that. Here are some examples of navigation aids:

  • Automatic direction finders (which use the aforementioned radio beacons for guidance)
  • VHF omindirectional range (VOR)
  • Inertial navigation
  • Compasses
  • Global navigation satellite system

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We can help you to secure the financial compensation that you are due when you or your loved one has been in an aviation accident. Contact the Des Moines navigation aid failure lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at (515) 225-2600.

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