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Outer Marker?

Mon Oct 01, 2001 2:04 am

Can anyone enlighten me ?

I live directly under the flightpath to MAN and was listening today to a pal`s airband radio - I kept hearing the phrase "Passing the Outer Marker" just as the a/c was directly over where I live...

I`m sure this must have something to do with radar, but can anyone tell me what is the `outer marker`, and is there also an `inner marker` ?

Thanks guys..

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RE: Outer Marker?

Mon Oct 01, 2001 2:42 am

Yes, there are outer, middle and inner markers. These are beacons, the outer marker being a Non-directional beacon that could also be used as a navigation fix. When the aircraft passes over the outer marker, about half way through the ILS approach (about 6 miles), the pilot gets a sound and a light going on. The middle marker is about 1 or 2 miles from the runway threshold, and the inner is just a few seconds before touchdown.

So when you reach the outer marker, you know it's about time to get on the glidepath...

Check out this photo: The lights for the markers are the white, red and blue lights at the very left edge of the picture.

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RE: Outer Marker?

Mon Oct 01, 2001 5:11 am

Thanks for the explanation Christian, the six mile mark is about right...

I`m thinking of getting myself an airband radio, will make living `under the marker` that bit more interesting.

Cheers pal.