AVIATION: Confusion in the Cockpit

For cross-country airplane pilots, an old dream, recently realized, is an electronic navigation system that tells the direction and distance to the airport of destination. The trouble is that it has been realized not in one system but in two. As a result, the flying industry is split wide-open over which system should be adopted.

The Civil Aeronautics Administration, Aircraft Owners and Pilots' Association and National Business Aircraft Association want a very high-frequency system called Omnirange (Omni), which, coupled with Distance Measuring Equipment (DME), does the job handily. OmniDME has already been installed at many airports.

The U.S. Navy, Air Force...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!