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Old Jan 22, 2005, 07:58 AM
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Never go flying without a compass and a topo map (preferably 1:10,000 scale). read the wind direction as precisely as you can, plot the wind direction on the map and follow. (assuming navigable terraine).

As one who does a lot of bush work in mineral exploration, my standby for over 40 years has been the basic Silva Ranger (or Suunto equivalent) with declination adjustment. Don't get too carried away with fancy expensive compasses which were designed for office people and only seem to work in offices.
I've had models found within 100 metres of the plotted line after a 12 km flight.
GPS can be good for tracking where you have searched, especially if you have an active map display.
John O'Sullivan ( leaving in a few days, the balmy current -33 deg Nova Scotia temps for a month or more in the real cool of Northern Manitoba on a drilling job.)
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