Mon, Feb 18, 2008
Aero-Terms are designed to be a daily reminder of the terms,
names, acronyms and explanations of the unique language that
populates the aviation world. Aerospace, sport aviation, fixed
wing, helo, you name it... it's all fair game.
Aero-Terms should serve as a quick but intriguing reminder of
the terms you may use every day, or an introduction to an aspects
of the Aero-World you may not yet be familiar with. ANN also
encourages readers to go beyond the FMI link, and further research
any intriguing terms.
Suggestions for future Aero-Terms are
ALWAYS welcome, as are additions or discussion of the
explanations given for each Aero-Term.
National radio navigation system replaced after World War 2 by
the Omnirange system. It consisted of segmented quadrants
broadcasting Morse Code "A" (dot-dash) and "N" (dash-dot) signals
in opposing quadrants so that pilots could orient their position
relative to a "beam" broadcasting a steady tone, and a Morse Code
station identifier. Using a "build-and-fade" technique, a pilot
could (ideally) pinpoint his location by the strength or weakness
of a signal.
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