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Author Topic: Take Off to the Great White North  (Read 8598 times)

Offline R4002

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Re: Take Off to the Great White North
« Reply #60 on: May 17, 2019, 1823 UTC »
Log 'em while you can.
Looks like many Canadian NDBs are scheduled to be decommissioned
beginning in April and continuing in phases over the next seven years.
Log 'em while you can.

Even the more rural parts of Canada?  Are they going to decommission the entire NDB network?  I don't like the idea of relying entirely on GPS for airnav.  Good to have a backup.
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Offline Josh

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Re: Take Off to the Great White North
« Reply #61 on: May 17, 2019, 2000 UTC »
Log 'em while you can.
Looks like many Canadian NDBs are scheduled to be decommissioned
beginning in April and continuing in phases over the next seven years.
Log 'em while you can.

Even the more rural parts of Canada?  Are they going to decommission the entire NDB network?  I don't like the idea of relying entirely on GPS for airnav.  Good to have a backup.

Agreed, gps systems are vulnerable to attack from natural and man made vectors, so mothballing these stations would be a good idea. The sun could fart and wipe out a number of satellite systems, some bad actor could hack gps and ruin it or attack it directly - gps will be one of the first things to go in a major war. That being said, will aircraft still have mw/vlf rdf abilities in 7 years?
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Offline pinto vortando

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Re: Take Off to the Great White North
« Reply #62 on: May 17, 2019, 2138 UTC »
The decommissioning... er "modernization"... will take place in phases over the next seven years.
Not all NDBs will be shut down, about 70 will be spared the ax (including a lot of the exotic "North of 60" beacons).

Same thing happening in the U.S.  Fewer and fewer NDB approaches or approaches that even require an ADF.
Not just NDBs... looks like many VORs and marker beacons are also on the way out.
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