Hey all. I loaded up a VOR flight plan to finally try one, got the route, made a nice list on a notepad with frequencies, and then realized something...How can I tell what radials I should be homing in on?
Obviously thats the flight planning map, with the planned route in red...Yet dont I need to know that radial # in order to home in on the right route? Basically, I am confused at this... If I plug the VOR frequency in to NAV1, how do I figure out which radial to home in on? And after I get there, what tells me the outbound radial to the next VOR? I know it must be easy I think im just missing something from the flight lessons. Thanks alot guys n galls really appreciate this sight.
Have a look at the following links, let us know how you get on:
https://flyawaysimulation.com/knowledge/ (there are 5 topics)
https://forum.flyawaysimulation.com/forum/topic/9932/dme-vor-approach/ (VOR/DME approach)
Make sure you pay particular attention to Don Woods posts, he is a instrument pilot in real life and his explanations are clear and very simple to understand.
Lately I've been using NDBs and not VORs, but when you do your flight plan, click on Navlog and you'll see the headings from VOR to VOR there. Those correspond to the radials, if I'm remembering correctly.
P.S. If Gilligan can be a first mate, I guess I can be a first officer. But anyone who flies with me should be afraid. Very afraid.
Captain?! Excuse me, I have to go lie down.
Jarred01: Thank you for the kind words.
For the original Guest: I'm not sure of the answer in FS9. In real life, you need to have a flight chart that shows the airways. They show each VOR or other navigation fix that defines the airway including the name of the VOR, its radio frequency, and the radial which defines the airway.
You can also navigate on VORs without flying a defined airway. To do that, you simply set in the radio frequency of the VOR (at a range close enough to receive it), rotate the OBS until the From/To flag shows "To", continue to rotate the OBS until the needle centers, and fly the heading (corrected for wind drift) that resulted in the needle centering). I often do that in real life. The only time you have to remain on a defined airway is when you are flying an IFR flight plan. Using this method, you have to be sure you do not fly into a prohibited or restricted area and, for that, you also need charts.
Check out moving map at ranainside.
You basically get electrinic version of the section maps and can determine the radials you want from them.