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Minnesota Airports - MnDOT Decommissions Navigation Aids

 

August 1, 2020

Photo courtesy of Tom Foster

An Automatic Direction Finder.

"Say It Ain't So..." (Chicago Tribune headline after Shoeless Joe Jackson was indicted for fixing the World Series). Non-Directional Beacons (NDB) are being shut off. What will flight instructors use to torture their instrument students? How can an iconic system for air navigation just go away? It's not right!

OK, so I'm a dinosaur. I cut my aviation teeth 50 years ago in the high Arctic and the "Non-Directional Beacon" was the approach aid of choice there. My brain still contains the necessary information to use a sextant for a three-star fix and I can talk about how the original LO...



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