Simple question really. Can someone explain to me NDB navigation? Reason for asking is that I don't want to fly the easy way anymore (i.e plan GPS route)
I understand VOR (just about
) Bit of a confession as well...I have actually never used VOR or NDB nav, I used to just like to climb in and fly the route that has been pre-planned. Time for a change!
So yeah, if someone can explain it to me in the most basic way possible, that would be great!
The simplest analysis...an NDB or Non Directional Beacon, radiates 360 degrees with no "tag" on the actual radial that you pick up...ie you can tell which direction you head for the source but you can not easily determine how to fly to the beacon on a GIVEN heading, just on the one that will take you to it from where you are now. Keep the needle centered on it and fly..eventually you will be overhead and the needle will swing as the you pass over the beacon. Oh and IRL, NDBs give a morse signal which identifies them. I don't think this works in FSX though.
There are ways to work out different specific arrival headings etc and even to work out the time to the beacon (by comparing angles after a given time and "complteting the triangle") but I've never used them. NDB approaches to an airport can be particularly challenging.
As an aside, ANY AM radio station can be used as a quasi NDB.. Radio stations can actually be listened to to identify them from station promos etc again, not in FSX.....the one where I live is often used as a semi positive fix on approach in bad weather.
Do a search on NDB navigation, I've found some very simple (ie -I- understood them
) tutorials over the years.