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VOR/DME Night

This week we fly between New Plymouth, Gisborne & Woodbourne using VOR/DME navigation and approaches.

There are two kinds of VOR/DME approaches.

  • Fly over the airport VOR at a specific height, turn to specific heading for a specific dististance, then turn onto the runway heading & descend via the distance steps.
  • Arc approach - Fly towards the airport VOR at a specific height, then at a specific distance from the airport (eg 12 DME), turn & follow the arc until you are nearly inline with the runway, then turn onto the runway heading and descend via the distance steps.  While in the arc phase the aim is to remain the specific distance (eg 12 DME) from there airport. Of the two approaches this is probably the more tricky.

Of course there is the third kind of navigation & approach!

  • Bluff the controller approach. Just load the VOR's into your GPS for navigation, then use you GPS to trick the contoller into thinking you really know your stuff by imitating one of the two approaches explained above.

 

For a full explanation have a read of the following article:

The Non Precision Approach - By Steve Hall

Please stick to the routes below. They are not direct routes but more of a circular tour! Good luck.

Routes

NP HN RO GS

NP NS WB

 

GS NR PM WN WB

GS RO HN NP

 

WB NS NP

WB WN PM NR GS

VOR Frequencies

VORFREQ
GS114.2
HN114.0
NP114.4
NR113.8
NS116.4
PM113.4
RO112.1
WB115.6
WN112.3

 

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Airports

Positions

 CallsignRadio NameFrequencyFreq
CTRNZCH-B_CTRBay Approach119.500
 NZCH-T_CTRChristchurch Control123.700
 NZOH_CTROhakea Control125.100
APPNZWN_APPWellington Approach119.300
TWRNZGS_TWRGisborne Tower127.300
 NZNP_TWRNew Plymouth Tower124.700
 NZWB_TWRWoodbourne Tower118.100