A few days ago I attended the AOPA Air Safety Foundation’s (ASF) safety seminar GPS from the Ground Up. It was the first presentation of this new seminar in the ASF series. Since that night the seminar has been presented several more times on the U.S. West Coast.
The presenter was Andy Miller, a veteran presenter of ASF seminars. As would be expected with the first ‘live’ presentation, there were a couple of minor glitches with the audiovisual system and this first run-through went a little longer than scheduled, but overall the night want smoothly.
What the seminar did not cover
The seminar did not attempt to teach the attendees how GPS uses the satellite signals to calculate position. Nor did the seminar cover the specific button-pushing operations of the various GPS units that are currently available, other than in a very general way.