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Handheld GPS for IFR Navigation?


Subscriber question:

 "If you are on an IFR flight plan and do not have an IFR certified GPS, can you use a VFR-only or handheld GPS for any portion of the enroute navigation?" - Al R.


GPS“The short answer is no.

VFR and handheld GPS systems are not authorized for IFR navigation, instrument approaches, or as a primary instrument flight reference. During IFR operations they may be considered only an aid to situational awareness.

However, you may request or the controller may offer a RADAR vector to a fix. You can then use the GPS as an aid to maintain situational awareness during the course of the vector. Another approved navigation method must be used as well.”

(NEW) VFR Mastery scenario #62 “Sightless in Seattle” is now available. It’s another installment of “You are the controller.” In today’s episode, you’re the lifeline for a VFR pilot who is stuck in IMC. Do you provide guidance the pilot requested—direct to the nearest airport—when you’re certain that’s not the best solution? And if not, what will you offer to a pilot who’s barely holding it together? Watch the Intro video.

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