Not sure if the -53 has ADF, but the rest of the fleet doesn't, so I'd argue my point still stands...that they're not done anymore for helos. Again, with the exception of OTPI, which if done correctly, is a form of an approach (for consistency of data/PLOT STAB), but that's via VHF (as I know you know, HAL).They do overseas. Did the NDB into Pago Pago when the ILS was down two summers ago.
Sadly, I've seen that even with "legacy" Navy pilots who have been through the '50's learning process.They can home but they can’t track.
I completely agree. But I think there's two arguments here. One for always having a top down view of your position (via panel/iPad) and just using some form of charting with no positional data. I think you can still develop that SA with an iPad, just turn off the GPS for a bit. But I've also made it from Florida to AZ with nothing more than a sectional and a TACAN, so I fully support good pilotage and map reading.That part of your brain that figures out where everything is around you and what everything is doing just doesn't get challenged. That electronic display then becomes a necessity for you to have just basic SA, rather than a tool to improve your SA from good to great.