View Full Version : GPS as in real flight
10-15-2002, 04:28 PM
Having a Pocket PC I read that with the use of a GPS receiver and the appropriate software I could use it in real-time flight. Has anyone came across a setup for the use of the above with FS2002. I imagine even though you are moving from point A to point B the computer is stationary and the receiver would also just lock onto the coordinates of your computer. I would imagine at least it would be handy to have a moving map on the PPc. As someone said having ideas in your head is great until you try to put them to fruition.
10-15-2002, 05:02 PM
Yes, there are programs to use with a GPS and PC. However, whether the airlines would allow you to turn your GPS on during flight or whether you are able to receive GPS signals within the confines of an aircraft without an external antenna, I don't know.
If you have a GPS, check their website for programs.
10-15-2002, 06:11 PM
Just checking, but you do know that FS has a GPS display built into it right? It displays your course, path you've flown and airports in the area. It can be zoomed in or out a great distance.
If I'm off base with this and your looking for a street map display I'm sorry, never know if the person your answering just started using the program or what.
If you are looking for the gps in the fs it's displayed by pressing shift + 3 I think.
10-16-2002, 01:00 AM
LAST EDITED ON Oct-16-02 AT 01:05AM (EDT)[p]kilgour
Have a look at Pete Dowson's 'GPS Out' and for digital maps try
This map is for UK but I'm sure you'll find something similar with GOOGLE for the USA if that's what you want.
I think you'll find by hooking these up your A/C will be plotted on your PPC digital map.
Edit By the way you won't need your GPS, the fixes are output from FS2002 via GPS Out I believe.
10-16-2002, 03:15 PM
Thanks for all the replies. I have found the GPS.gau and installed it when I undocked the GPS and moved it to my other monitor I found if I resized it the information on the map re-adjusted for a better view.On taking the receiver onto an aircraft no chance why pay someelse to take me to any part of the world when I can use my Cessna 172SP to do it. Of course with unlimited fuel supply. Once again thanks I have learned another bit about FS2002.
10-16-2002, 06:45 PM
Portable GPSs work quite well in airliners but are slow to lock on.Useful if you have a map display and even more so if you pre programme some waypoints and airport coordinates.
However many aircrew will NOT let you use them on board but some will if you ask but not while landing or taking off.
Wish I'd had one when I was PPLing around UK.
10-16-2002, 07:49 PM
I know for sure on NWA and UAL there is no type of GPS receiver allowed during any portion of the flight. And I think that is very much the same on all other US carriers. The explanation is the same as for the use of personal cell phones. Supposedly there is a chance of interferance with the navigational instruments.
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