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Course Intercepts and Distance Measuring Equipment (DME)

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Course interceptions are performed in most phases of instrument navigation. The equipment used varies, but an intercept heading must be flown that results in an angle or rate of intercept sufficient to solve a particular problem. Rate of Intercept Rate of intercept, seen by the aviator as bearing pointer or HSI movement, is a result […]

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Time and Distance Check From a Station

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To compute time and distance from a station, first turn the aircraft to place the bearing pointer on the nearest 90° index. Note time and maintain heading. When the bearing pointer has moved 10°, note the elapsed time in seconds and apply the formulas in the following example to determine time and distance. [Figure 15-33] […]

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Tracking With VOR

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The following describes a step-by-step procedure to use when tracking to and from a VOR station using a CDI. Figure 15-32 illustrates the procedure. First, tune the VOR receiver to the frequency of the selected VOR station. For example, 115.0 to receive Bravo VOR. Next, check the identifiers to verify that the desired VOR is […]

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Radio Magnetic Indicator (RMI)

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The RMI [Figure 15-31] is a navigational aid providing aircraft magnetic or directional gyro heading and very high frequency omnidirectional range (VOR), GPS, and automatic direction finder (ADF) bearing information. Remote indicating compasses were developed to compensate for errors in and limitations of older types of heading indicators. The remote compass transmitter is a separate […]

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Horizontal Situation Indicator

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The HSI is a direction indicator that uses the output from a flux valve to drive the compass card. The HSI [Figure 15-30] combines the magnetic compass with navigation signals and a glideslope. The HSI gives the pilot an indication of the location of the aircraft with relationship to the chosen course or radial. In […]

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Course Deviation Indicator (CDI)

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The CDI is found in most training aircraft. It consists of (1) omnibearing selector (OBS) sometimes referred to as the course selector, (2) a CDI needle (Left-Right Needle), and (3) a TO/FROM indicator. The course selector is an azimuth dial that can be rotated to select a desired radial or to determine the radial over […]

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Very High Frequency (VHF) Omnidirectional Range (VOR)

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The VOR system is present in three slightly different navigation aids (NAVAIDs): VOR, VOR/DME, and VORTAC. By itself it is known as a VOR, and it provides magnetic bearing information to and from the station. When DME is also installed with a VOR, the NAVAID is referred to as a VOR/DME. When military tactical air […]

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How to File a VFR Flight Plan

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Filing a flight plan is not required by regulations; however, it is a good operating practice, since the information contained in the flight plan can be used in search and rescue in the event of an emergency. Flight plans can be filed in the air by radio, but it is best to file a flight […]

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Charting the Course (Part Two)

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Please read Charting the Course (Part One) prior to reading this post. Study the terrain and obstructions along the route. This is necessary to determine the highest and lowest elevations as well as the highest obstruction to be encountered so that an appropriate altitude which conforms to 14 CFR part 91 regulations can be selected. […]

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