Name: Fuzzy M.
Do the magnetic compasses in aircraft have weights to
compensate for the magnetic dip of the Earths magnetic field?
Hello Fuzzy -
I have been around airplanes for over thirty years and have never heard of
compensating weights in compasses. It is an interesting thought, but might
have a lot of problems to solve to make it work. Magnetic dip is very
different in different locations on the earth and is affected by the bank
of the aircraft. It works the opposite in the northern and southern
hemispheres and is also contingent on the current direction of the
I would not want to discourage invention, but this might take a lot of
inventing! Good luck trying.
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