homing beacon


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homing beacon

[′hōm·iŋ ‚bē·kən]
(navigation)
A radio beacon, either airborne or on the ground, toward which an aircraft can fly if equipped with a radio compass or homing adapter. Also known as radio homing beacon.

homing beacon

A beacon providing homing guidance. Also called a homer.
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