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Aeronautical Navigation...

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Catalogue No: D0194
Document Type: Historic Events & Records
Topic: Navigation / Inertial
Title: Aeronautical Navigation...
Author: Commander Robert A Newton, RN
Company: Elliott Bros (London) Ltd
Division: Not Applicable
Date: 1910
Pages: 16
Copies: 1
Location: Filing Cabinet XA [RAA Office]
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In 1909 Commander R. A. Newton R.N. of Elliott Bros published a brochure entitled ‘Aeronautical Navigation’ in which he describes some of their ‘aerial navigating instruments’. Newton succeeded in identifying the fundamentals of aerial navigation and found that most of the principles governing navigation at sea applied also to navigation in the air. The review in ‘FLIGHT’ Magazine states that ‘Although it is perhaps early days yet for this side of flight, more might certainly with advantage be written on the subject’. Commander Newton’s main emphasis is on the use of a suitable magnetic compass and around 1911 Elliott Bros were commenting that ‘a magnetic compass properly adjusted and compensated so as to be unaffected by the iron and steel portions of an aeroplane should be a properly serviceable instrument.’

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