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Dear friends and followers welcome back to my channel. Today's video is very much addressed to my flight students, as we'll be looking at the question, what is a VOR, how does it work and what a VOR has to do with a Lighthouse?
VOR stands for VHF omnidirectional range. I know I haven't made it any better. VHF stands for very high frequency, which makes a VOR only a short-range radio navigation system, so in line of sight, VOR`s are receivable from 25 NM up to 140 NM useable radius.
Line of sight meaning, if there's a mountain between you and the VOR, you will not receive a reliable signal even though you are within the station's range.
Omnidirectional comes from the Latin word omni which means, all or every direction, meaning the VOR sends out 360 lines, let's call them lines for now, which can be picked up by a VOR receiver. In today's video will use a CDI, Course Deviation Indicator with an OBS a Omni bearing selector which is very common in your standard Cessnas, Pipers etc.
Now a common question by the FAA. Are VOR's aligned towards true north or magnetic north? Magnetic north, as you can clearly see on the compass rose around the VOR. If a VOR would point to True north it would always point in the same direction on the chart, as standard charts are oriented towards true north.
But if you compare the Hay River VOR in Northern Canada with a magnetic variation of 16 degrees and Ottersberg VOR with 3 degrees you know VORs are aligned towards magnetic north.
But actually, the answer is both, because some of the VORs in the far north of Canada are aligned with true north, but that's a whole video right there about that topic!
See more in the video!
Thank you very much for your time! I hope you enjoy this video!
Wishing you all the best!
Your "Captain" Joe
BIG THANK to the DFS for their permission allowing to fly with my drone over their VORs ! Highly appreciated!
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