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Geomagnetics for Aeronautical Safety
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A compass may save your life
Flying safely in aircraft implies the use of navigation instruments. Among them, the magnetic compass is still a first choice for orientation and it is compulsory in all aircraft. In our increasingly sophisticated but fragile world of global navigation systems and gyroscopic sensors, the compass is especially useful as a back-up: it has high reliability and is likely to survive in harsh electromagnetic aggressions or when all power supplies have failed.
How to use a compass correctly?
This book examines in detail how the science of geomagnetism is able to promote a correct use of the magnetic compass for navigation. A selected group of specialists met in Ohrid, Macedonia to expose their approaches to the question. Using techniques from Geology, Instrument science, Magnetism, Chaos theory and Potential Fields applied to the Balkan region and surroundings, they put together a roadmap to fully tackle the issue of measurement, analysis, mapping and forecasting of the magnetic declination in support of aeronautical safety.
Aircraft safety in the Balkans
The Balkans, like most regions on Earth, experience increasing air traffic. Yet several airplane crashes have been seen in the area some of them unexplained. The division of former Yugoslavia in the early nineties and the abandon of geomagnetic measurements in many parts of the area since then have left the compass users without reliable and uniform magnetic declination data. The Authors have therefore focused their expertise on the Balkan and surrounding countries, considering them as a good candidate for a case study.
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Introductory address.- Introduction to the Advanced Research Workshop: 'New Magnetic Field in Data in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for Enhanced Flying and Airport Safety'; J.L. Rasson.- Geomagnetic field of the Republic of Macedonia; T. Delipetrov and B. Paneva.- Geomagnetic field Measurements at Magnetic repeat stations in former Yugoslavia; S. Mihajlovic et al.- Field and Observatory Geomagnetic Measurements in Bulgaria; I.A. Butchvarov, I.V. Cholakov.- On The Modeling of A Geomagnetic Reference Field for the Balkan Region; B. Duka et al.- Repeat surveys of Macedonia; J. Rasson and M. Delipetrov.- Nature of Earth's Magnetic Field and its Application for commercial flight navigation; R. Cop, D. Fefer.- Geomagnetic Observations in Turkey; C. Celik et al.- Croatian Geomagnetic Repeat Stations Network; M. Brkic et al.- Geomagnetic instrumentation for repeat station survey; V. Korepanov.- Problems of supply in DI-flux instruments; L. Hegymegi.- Development of an Automatic DI-Magnetometer; S. van Loo and J.L. Rasson.- New magnetic materials; S. Stojmenov.- Progress and Limitations in magnetic Field Measurements; N. Novkovski.- Geomagnetic measurements for Aeronautics; J.L. Rasson.- Measurement of the geomagnetic Declination on the Airports in Bulgaria; I. Cholakov.- Airport Geomagnetic Surveys in the United States; A. Berarducci.- Magnetic Repeat station network in Italy and magnetic measurements in heliports and airports; G. Dominici and A. de Santis.- Airport conditions in Macedonia: Seismic Risks; L. Pekevski.- Nonlinear techniques for short term prediction of the geomagnetic field and its secular variation; A. De Santis R.Tozzi.- Spherical Cap Harmonic Analysis of the geomagnetic Field with application for aeronautical Mapping; J. Miquel Torta et al.- Activities completed toward establishing a geomagnetic observatory in the Republic of Macedonia; M. Delipetrov.- Analysis of geomagnetic field data from measurements in 2003 Macedonia; S. Panovska, T.Delipetrov.-Understanding the geomagnetic field a precondition for better living; J. Zivanovic, S. Stavreva-Veselinovska.- Postface.- Addresses of Authors.- Subject index.

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