Actually, there are very few things in this world more satisfying than telling an engineer they forgot to carry the one.In this case, the problem was the insertion of a leap second. Some avionics suites could work without the GPS, others can’t. “Am I grounded or do I have to utilize an MEL procedure because this?” - that’s where the curiosity ends for most of us. As a pilot, I can’t program the GPS beyond entering a navigational course, nor am I going to Iowa and telling a Rockwell Engineer “You forgot to carry the 1, that’s why this is happening.” There are times to be curious, but inventing a new procedure while ignoring an established one is not the way to go about operating a part 25 airplane. Not to mention the liability involved by creating and using unapproved procedure.
So while I understand that Des Moines doesn’t have the tourist draw of Vegas, you missed out on a experience of a lifetime.