quadrantal error

quadrantal error

[kwä′drant·əl ‚er·ər]
(navigation)
The angular error in a measured bearing that is due to the presence of metal in the vicinity of the direction-finding antenna, such as the metal structure and engines of an airplane or the hull of a ship.

quadrantal error

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The angular error in a measured bearing caused by the presence of metal in the vicinity of the direction-finding antenna, such as the metal structure and the engines of an airplane. This error is usually at its maximum on the quadrantal headings (045°, 135°, 225°, and 315° from the nose of the aircraft).