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Whats the key to flying with the VOR's as they sometimes seem to be pretty far from the actually airport? And when you are already on the approch to the runway is there any tip to line up with the runway properly is there any guidance system to line up to the runway. Thanks

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Hmmm...I'm not exactly sure what you mean so I'll give a summary of how VOR's are used.A vor(vortac) is radio beacon which is non directional. Meaning it broadcasts in every direction over a pretty long range( this varies).A vor signal is then used in conjunction with a radial(360 possible headings) which can be either inbound or outbound from the VOR. Pilots use this feature to fly to a certain point.As for using a VOR for appraoches. This is known as a non-precision approach as no altitude is provided, so flying a certain radial from/to a certain VOR will give you the lateral information needed to fly the appraoch. Pilots use a predefined descent profile which is provided on the appraoch plate.Then there is an ILS. This is a precision approach as it guides the aircraft both laterally and vertically to the runway. It works in a similar manner to that of the VOR by broadcasting on a certain frequency. Pilots tune their OBS (course heading) to that of the runway heading and they then have accurate info displayed to get them on the perfect heading and altitude to get that landing right on the Numbers!Not sure if you know all this already, but just in case you dont ;)Feel free to ask anyother questions and I'm sure we can get you the relevant info :)RegardsJohnhttp://www.bavirtual.co.uk 740Hours ;)P 2.53 GHZ512 RAMWINXPGFORCE 4 128MB Ti4600http://vatsim.pilotmedia.fi/statusindicato...tor=OD1&a=a.jpg

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You should read some primer on all the electronic stuff pilots use to navigate them to the airport/runway. VORs define a system of "highways in the sky" and are really not suitable for precision guidance to runways. John covers the rest pretty well but like I said you may have quickly 20 other follow-up questions unless you sit down and learn more about the whole system. A fair amount of info is available on the web. One such link is www.clearanceunlimited.com.Michael J.http://www.reality-xp.com/community/nr/rsc/rxp-higher.jpg

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