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Are DF Steers Obsolete?  
User currently offlineNicolaki From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 12 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4616 times:

Hi everyone,

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.


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User currently offlineAaron atp From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 533 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (14 years 12 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4576 times:

New Automated FSS's are not being equipped with the equipment to perform a DF steer, and most the the DF receivers have been decomissioned.

As with everything, I'm sure there are exceptions (maybe Reno AFSS, w/ lots of class G and poor radar coverage) The general rule says there are no DF steers available.


User currently offlineDknhawkins From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 12 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4570 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.

User currently offlineAaron atp From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 533 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (14 years 12 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4564 times:

Just a clarification, the topic "no" to my previous post was a reponse to the question posed in the body, not the topic... that would be "yes" in most circumstances

the next time you talk to a weather briefer at your local FSS, just ask them if they still do them...


User currently offlineTop Gun From Canada, joined May 1999, 101 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (14 years 12 months 23 hours ago) and read 4544 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.

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