single-engine Piper Cub or a commercial jumbo jet requires the same precise navigation
information, and GPS puts it all at the pilot's fingertips as safely as possible.
providing more precise navigation tools and accurate landing systems, GPS not only makes
flying safer, but also more efficient. With precise point-to-point navigation, GPS saves
fuel and extends an aircraft's range by ensuring pilots don't stray from the most direct
routes to their destinations.
GPS accuracy will also allow closer aircraft separations on more direct routes, which
in turn means more planes can occupy our limited airspace. This is especially helpful when
you're landing a plane in the middle of mountains. And
small medical evac helicopters benefit from the extra
minutes saved by the accuracy of GPS navigation.
But you don't need your head in the clouds to use GPS for navigation.