The archipelago nation of the Philippines has had a long relationship with the United States dating from the end of the Spanish-American war in 1898 when the islands were ceded to the U.S. as a protectorate, in effect, becoming an American colony and Southeast Asian outpost.
Too many to mentally process, difficult to read and occasionally understand, not prioritized by importance, archaic in format and distribution in the digital age — Notices to Airmen, good old “NOTAMs” — remain both the bane and deliverance of pilots worldwide.
The embarrassing thing about international procedures is what a tiny percentage business aviation represents in terms of flights [about 6%] but what a large percentage we are in terms of operational errors,” lamented Nat Iyengar, captain and safety officer for a major corporate flight department.
“Most of that comes down to bad procedures,” Iyengar continued. “We are too casual about the crossings due to the automation of our airplanes.”
By “operational errors,” Iyengar was referring to:
Ever wonder what your long-range nav system would look like if your aircraft were crossing the north pole? After “90 deg. N” appeared on the display, what would the FMS do? How would it orient itself coming out “the other side,” given that all directions radiating from the pole are “south”? Would the GPS sensors be able to triangulate a reliable position, given that the balk of the satnav constellation is concentrated in the mid-latitudes?