Nicolaki From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4171 times:
I was wondering, with today's technology, radars and such. Do VDF steers (DF steers if you prefer) are still used or an ATC will just give you a vector? Because in all of my books they talk about DF steering in case of dificulty, but having been explianed how it works it seems a bit obsolete with today's radars.
Dknhawkins From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4125 times:
You are exactly right. With radar services expanding they are becoming more and more obsolete, but they are still out there and who knows where your adventure might take you esecially, if you get lost you could be helped. Just like a PVASI and Tri-Colored VASI, they are rare to see but good to know. Some Private Pilots do not know, but pending on work load, you could get a VFR Flight Following and you will always have eyes on you, even if you get lost.
Top Gun From Canada, joined May 1999, 101 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4099 times:
In Northern Canada where the RADAR is non existant they are still in use.
If you ever go to Alaska guess where you have to fly through? It's pretty easy to get lost if your not familier with flying in the mountains. And the next best thing is that the FSS and VDF steers are few between too.