VOR

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Re: VOR

Postby Scooper » Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:43 am

rcpilot wrote:...Subsequently I discovered that I can program VORs on the GPS so that's what I do now.


Yes. Every aviation GPS receiver I've used has VORs in the database that can be used as waypoints. I often use them as waypoints in my flight plans to skirt Class B and C and other special use airspace I want to avoid.
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Re: VOR

Postby drseti » Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:11 pm

I usually fly with 4 moving maps (a smartphone, a tablet, and 2 GPSs in the panel). All will navigate VOR radials. I still use the actual VOR receiver, OBS, and CDI from time to time, just to keep up with my obsolete skills. ;)
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Re: VOR

Postby TimTaylor » Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:30 pm

drseti wrote:I usually fly with 4 moving maps (a smartphone, a tablet, and 2 GPSs in the panel). All will navigate VOR radials. I still use the actual VOR receiver, OBS, and CDI from time to time, just to keep up with my obsolete skills. ;)

On my last Flight Review, the CFI asked my to navigate using the VOR built into the Garmin SL30. It took me a few minutes of button pressing and knob turning to figure it out.
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Re: VOR

Postby drseti » Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:43 pm

Although my last two planes both had SL-30s, I've never used the digital RMI. They both had CDI/OBS installed. I guess I should try to figure that feature out.
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Re: VOR

Postby TimTaylor » Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:23 pm

drseti wrote:Although my last two planes both had SL-30s, I've never used the digital RMI. They both had CDI/OBS installed. I guess I should try to figure that feature out.


It's pretty cool with the HS34 HSI display, when you can remember how to work it. Could really come in handy if you ever had to make an "emergency" ILS approach.
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Re: VOR

Postby Wm.Ince » Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:47 pm

Just to be clear, for the benefit of those not too familiar with VOR, dedicated GPS receivers do not receive VOR ground stations. They actually calculate a lat-long spot position of the VOR ground station.
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Re: VOR

Postby Scooper » Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:20 pm

Wm.Ince wrote:Just to be clear, for the benefit of those not too familiar with VOR, dedicated GPS receivers do not receive VOR ground stations. They actually calculate a lat-long spot position of the VOR ground station.

This. I have an SL30 nav-com with external nav head (VOR/LOC/GS) and have had a couple of occasions to use it when, in its infinite wisdom, the government decides to "test" GPS which makes it unreliable for navigation. Since VORs are ground based navaids, I use them to navigate when GPS is unreliable.
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Re: VOR

Postby drseti » Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:44 pm

I've had the SL-30 installed in my last two LSAs, along with an OBS/CDI. I use them not just for VOR nav, but also for ILS Loc/GS (both training and currency). Since SLSAs are not IFR legal, of course I only use them in VMC. ;)
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