Video tip: magnetic compass errors

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The magnetic compass is the only “self-powered”, north-seeking instrument in the panel and you’ll find one in just about every airplane. It’s not a perfect instrument though and has some inherent errors due to its design and construction. This week’s tip takes a look at when you’re most likely to experience these errors and how to compensate for them should you ever need to rely on the compass for primary navigation guidance.

The video clip is from Sporty’s 2022 Learn to Fly Course

2 replies
  1. Millard Porter says:

    Shouldn’t there be some discussion about the effect of Air Conditioning or other factors taht affect the Mag compass. I know of a few folks that have had trouble because they either followed the compass with incorrect direction or disnt believe the compass due to false hoods they had been told of.

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