Only if you're below 5000 feet.
All good for me; once all the Victor Airways between VOR's are gone I can practice acro almost anywhere!
They pronounce the VOR old, decrepit and hard to maintain then turn around in the same sentence and say "we're gonna' keep some of this arcaine crap on ops so we can satisfy our FAR compliance for 2 nav sources".
All this becomes moot if Lightsquared pays off the right (Left?) folks in power...
Kill off the VOR and we're one EMP from a paper sectional...aahhh progress!
Merry Christmas to you and yours Tom!
Judging by a lot of the comments on this forum, it seems that a lot of folks are still using those (myself included). It wouldn't be such an issue for the low and slow crowd but it would be a major pain in the butt for those who are flying for something beyond a hundred dollar hamburger or to dent the local songbird population.Kill off the VOR and we're one EMP from a paper sectional
I agree with Steve, I still use the "old" VOR's when I fly cross-countries, even when tracking via GPS. Anything within a 100 miles of the home airport is a "local", and I just look out the windshield at 2000 MSL. There is a lot of resistance to giving up on ground based navigation especially among the "old-timers". That equipment does go down and requires maintenance, it just doesn't need the space shuttle to get the job done. I understand that NDB's are being "de-commissioned" but I won't miss them, haven't turned on the ADF since I got my license!
Given the number of cell phone towers not counting the commercial TV and radio transmitters, I would prefer a system based upon the largest possible number of independent navigation sources. A smaller number of dedicated sources are more at risk to intentional attack. We have the technology to track cell phone tower and commercial broadcast sources and a microprocessor controlled receiver can easily handle the navigation math.
Its premature to retire all the VORs under the Next Gen program. Not while the Lightsquare issue is still in play. They are saying that its all our fault. we should have better GPSs and if we don't we should install filters at our expense.
Loran is gone. So lets hold on to the VORs until the stake is driven through Lightsquares heart. NDBs would be nice too. One of my flying buds says that he used to fly B-57s transcontinental solo with only an ADF.