Vors Decommissioned

A1FlyBoy

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ALL U.S. VORS TO BE DECOMMISSIONED THIS SUMMER...

The FAA announced last week that it has decided to stop operating and maintaining the nation's VOR navigation system.

Citing extensive use of GPS by general aviation and INS/IRS by air carriers, the agency has decided to phase out the navaids five years earlier than previously announced. "Nobody uses VORs anymore anyway," said Nora Fitzpatrick, FAA acting deputy associate administrator for navigation services.

According to Fitzpatrick, TVORs are scheduled be switched off by May 31, LVORs by July 31, and HVORs by August 31 (except in Alaska).

Localizers will remain unaffected until WAAS becomes operational.

WHILE TWO-DAY GPS OUTAGE PLANNED FOR AUGUST

In a related story, the DOD notified the DOT last week that it would shut down the GPS satellite array August 1-3 to install upgrades in security software.

The Pentagon says the new security software will have the ability to determine which GPS receivers are being used for terrorist purposes and transmit bogus navigation signals to them. A new FDC NOTAM cautions pilots to use alternate means of navigation to cross-check their GPS-derived positions during August.
 

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Aopa stated the planned shut down for VOR'S and NDB'S was 2010. They are considering LORAN buy about 2006.
 
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