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VOR Decommissioning

Unread postby KeithSmith » Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:37 pm

This is long, dry, dull, boring reading, but important.

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-26/pdf/2016-17579.pdf

According to the government, we can live without them even if the GPS system is disabled. So far nobody has said they are so sure of that they will resign and turn in their government pension if they are wrong.
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Re: VOR Decommissioning

Unread postby RKittine » Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:45 pm

Glad my eyesight is still good enough to ready the highway signs!
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Re: VOR Decommissioning

Unread postby KlausNW » Fri Aug 12, 2016 1:53 pm

Early on pilots crossed the oceans without VORs, GPS, Lorans and many other navigation aids. ADFs are still available even if you have to tune in to an AM radio station. The Inertial navigation system (INS) is the real backup to GPS.

INS is a series of gyros and sensors that measure all movement and direction change. Combine that with a magnetic compass and you have a fairly accurate navigation system. The best part of the INS is it is totally independent from any ground or space base device.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inertial_navigation_system

The original INS cost over $10,000 (1950's dollars) and weighed quite a bit. Today all the elements needed for a INS is in the average smartphone.

There's an APP for that:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.olympio.inav&hl=en

The next generation of glass panels for our planes will have INS integrated along with a backup battery. If the GPS goes out while on approach you will still have full 3d awareness for over an hour.
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Re: VOR Decommissioning

Unread postby KlausNW » Fri Aug 12, 2016 2:54 pm

Just doing a little more research on the topic I found this-
GPS/INS: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPS/INS

Do a ' GPS/INS ' search and you will find that the military has been using this technology exclusively in missiles and space equipment since the 90's.
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