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Instrument Flying Handbook
Emergency Operations
GPS Nearest Airport Function

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Human Factors
Chapter 2. Aerodynamic Factors
Chapter 3. Flight Instruments
Chapter 4. Section I
Airplane Attitude Instrument
Using Analog Instrumentation
Chapter 4. Section II
Airplane Attitude Instrument
Using an Electronic Flight

Chapter 5. Section I
Airplane Basic
Flight Maneuvers
Using Analog Instrumentation
Chapter 5. Section II
Airplane Basic
Flight Maneuvers
Using an Electronic Flight

Chapter 6. Helicopter
Attitude Instrument Flying

Chapter 7. Navigation Systems
Chapter 8. The National
Airspace System

Chapter 9. The Air Traffic
Control System

Chapter 10. IFR Flight
Chapter 11. Emergency

Figure 11-10. An enlargement of the box shown in the lower right
of Figure 11-9. Note that KGNV would be flashing.

Figure 11-11.

Figure 11-12. Information shown on the additional information
page that will aid the pilot in making a more informed decision
about which airport to choose when diverting.

From this menu or the previous default nearest airport screen,
the pilot is able to activate the Direct-To function, which
provides a direct GPS course to the airport. In addition,
the pilot can auto-tune communication frequencies by
highlighting the appropriate frequency and then pressing
the enter key. The frequency is placed in the stand-by box
of either COM1 or COM2, whichever frequency has the
cyan box around it.

Nearest Airports Using the MFD
A second way to determine the nearest airport is by
referencing the NRST Page Group located on the MFD. This
method provides additional information to the pilot; however,
it may require additional steps to view. [Figure 11-13]

Navigating the MFD Page Groups
Most display systems are designed for ease of navigation
through the different screens on the MFD. Notice the
various page groups in the lower right-hand corner of the
MFD screen. Navigation through these four page groups
is accomplished by turning the outer FMS knob clockwise.
[Figure 11-14]

Within each page group are specific pages that provide
additional information pertaining to that specific group. Once
the desired page group and page is selected, the MFD remains
in that configuration until the page is changed or the CLR
button is depressed for more than 2 seconds. Holding the CLR
button returns the display to the default moving map page.

Nearest Airport Page Group
The nearest airport page contains specific areas of interest
for the airport selected. [Figure 11-15] The pilot is furnished
information regarding runways, frequencies, and types of
approaches available.

Nearest Airports Page Soft Keys
Figure 11-16 illustrates four specific soft keys that allow
the pilot to access independent windows of the airport page.
Selection of each of these windows can also be accomplished
by utilizing the MENU hard key.

The soft keys and functions are as follows: Scroll through
each section with the cursor, then press enter to accept the

1. APT. Allows the user access to scroll through the
25 nearest airports. The white arrow indicates which
airport is selected. The INFORMATION window
is slaved to the white arrow, The INFORMATION
window decodes the airport identifier. Scroll through
the 25 airports by turning the outer FMS knob.