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Old 07-22-2013
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I hope this isn't a stupid question, but I couldn't find an answer on the site. Why do these Birds have altimeters?
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Did you not know that birds fly?
Actually it is a very handy tool when traveling in the mountains. The wife says we sure going slow, and you can say, look how high we are?
I don't have one in mine, but my GPS does show elevation.
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It let's us old folks know when to break out the oxygin
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I hope this isn't a stupid question, but I couldn't find an answer on the site. Why do these Birds have altimeters?
I asked the same when we bought our bird in the late 90's and was told that at one time one of, if not the, largest customer base they had was airline pilots. They said that loading up the dash area like the cockpit of a plane with a gazillion switches, buttons and instruments seemed to be a real selling point. I don't know for sure if this is true or not but multiple people told me this including a couple of Wanderldoge employees at that time. You know if you think about it, not only a altimeter but also a wet compass (perhaps to appeal to the boating crowd?) came in birds. Anyone have a turn and bank in theirs?
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my turn and bank indicate is my coffer maker.
It only works on left turns though!
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Barameter
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Watch out Bill -- you can be tracked by your internet connection!!! They can find you in the dark.
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I think Randy had one of those in the coach when they went to Alaska.
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As any pilot will tell you, the barometric altimeter is only as accurate as the current altimeter setting. When flying from a high pressure air mass to a low pressure air mass, if the current altimeter setting is not corrected in the Kollsman window, the actual altitude will be lower than what is displayed. The GPS will always be the best and most accurate source of altitude. Current altimeter settings can be found on most weather sites as well as airports. I am sure the marine people have that as well just so they can determine whether the barometer is rising or falling.
It is amazing to me how the aviation pioneers were able to fly in poor weather without the barometric altimeter and many other now common or obsolete flight instruments.
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