[time-nuts] The Demise of LORAN (was Re: Reference oscillator accuracy)
magnus at rubidium.dyndns.org
Sun Nov 15 16:39:07 UTC 2009
Francesco Ledda wrote:
> The bottom line is simple: the military don't need it, the FAA see no value
> in it; the avionics industry has discontinued the manufacturing of LORAN
> receivers years ago, the General Aviation community has bigger fish to fry
> (fight user fees); the Europen talked in the past about using LORAN for
> redundancy purposes, but never issued any concrete plans or requisitions.
> For all above reasons, LORAN is going to go.
The time for cutting the service will come eventually. While it has
serviced us well, the use is not as heavy as previous years and it has
essentially been replaced by GPS. It's sad to see it go, but in times
when budget is tought good old systems gets killed. Eventually they need
to. For those only having LORAN-C, the investment into a GPS receiver
should not be too steep.
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