March 22 (Wed) 7:00pm Beyond Ground School VORs

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

For decades, pilots navigated the skies accurately through all kinds of weather by "flying the needle" on a VOR. The VHF-based ground facilities formed the basis of the Federal Airway System that still exists to this day. Easily recognizable to pilots as large white bowling pin structures, or rings of white stonehenge teeth on mountain ridges, the sight of these stations means you've navigated the airway successfully.

Although GPS has revolutionized cross-country navigation, private and instrument pilots are still tested on their ability to tune and track VOR courses. What is your VOR-IQ? How well do you understand these navigational aids? Do you know how to stay "Same Side Safe"?

While many instructors devote only a glancing interest in VORs, San Carlos Flight Center Chief Pilot Dan Dyer became intrigued with VORs as a tool for pilots and has spent hundreds of hours trying to understand the best way to explain them to new pilots. If you've taken the "Radio Navigation" module of the Flight Center's private pilot ground school, you've seen a new way to think about VORs.

Join us with Herb Patton as he shares Dan and his own VOR Tips and Tricks to enhance your comfort levels navigating VOR and GPS OBS radials and bearings.

Herb Patten is an FAA certificated advanced and instrument ground instructor who teaches private pilot ground school at San Carlos Flight Center. He holds a private pilot certificate with an instrument rating, has over 800 hours and flown into 111 different California airports. He is co-founder of the Bay Area Student and New Pilot Support Group, and a board member of the Upwind Foundation, famous for its Upwind Summer Scholarship Program. In 2015, Herb was named a Master Instructor by the National Association of Flight Instructors.

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