Pilot-Friendly GPS Manuals Should Be Written by Pilots
While GPS systems are commonplace, pilots are intimately familiar with the systems. If you're a pilot, it's likely that you wish the things weren't so darn difficult to figure out and that their manuals were more pilot-friendly. If you feel like this, you're not alone. It's never ceased to amaze me how some high-tech equipment, often life-saving high-tech equipment, comes with manuals of such widely varying quality and clarity. Sometimes the writing is incomprehensible, sometimes the formatting is unreadable, and sometimes the content just doesn't make the grade. The information may be all there, but the tech writers who wrote it never seem to have seen the cockpit of a plane themselves.
So what should you be looking for in truly pilot-friendly manuals? First, it should have step-by-step, task-oriented instructions covering all common (and not-so-common) GPS operations. And those instructions should be written in good, plain, direct and easy-to-follow English. Second, in an era where almost everything is delivered electronically or on a CD/DVD, GPS manuals for pilots are still best provided in good old-fashioned printed form, with large type and bound so you can lay the manual down flat. This way you won't be out of luck if your computer won't boot, its battery is dead, or you are flying and don't even have your computer with you. This way, you won't ever find yourself in a position where you urgently need directions or help but, unfortunately, the directions or help are on a dead computer.
It really shouldn't be asking too much to expect pilot-friendly clearly written, properly structured, and helpfully illustrated manuals with all the wonderful aviation GPS technology that's available today. Manuals that are actually written for pilots by pilots. Aftermarket to the rescue, I say. A bit of poking around online actually does reveal such manuals for most of the common aviation GPS units. Finding the one you need is time well spent.
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