VORTAC


Also found in: Acronyms.

Vortac

[′vȯr‚tak]
(navigation)
A ground radio station consisting of a collocated very-high-frequency omnidirectional radio range (VOR) and Tacan facility; this station permits obtaining polar coordinates by the use of VOR receiver and distance-measuring equipment, or by Tacan equipment alone.

VORTAC

VORTACclick for a larger image
Range measurement by airborne TACAN.
An arrangement in which VOR (very high frequency omnidirectional radio-range) and TACAN (tactical air navigation) beacons are co-located. It provides at all times three individual services: VOR azimuth, TACAN azimuth, and TACAN distance. Transmitted signals of VOR and TACAN are each identified by a three-letter code transmission and are interlocked, so that pilots using a VOR azimuth with a TACAN distance can be assured that both signals being received are definitely from the same ground station. The frequency channels of the VOR and the TACAN at each VORTAC facility are “paired” in accordance with a national plan to simplify airborne operations. VORTAC is shown on the aeronautical charts by the symbol
References in periodicals archive ?
A note on the VOR/DME A approach plate stated the procedure was not authorized when arriving over the LAL Vortac on certain radials.
After five years on this route, you've got all the approaches memorized and you know the best way to shave minutes is flying direct to the VORTAC from PYNON and pulling your pat ented "freight-dog" procedure turn.
The minimum altitude from JOLUP to PUB VORTAC is 7500, but the procedure turn has a mandatory initial altitude of 7000, as indicated by the 7000 in both the profile and plan views.
The published missed approach procedure instructed the pilot to climb to 900 feet, then climbing right turn to 4000 feet, intercept the 160 degree radial of the VORTAC, and proceed to a DME fix and hold.
It reads "Do not exceed 180 KIAS until SEG VORTAC .
An airline friend of mine related a recent outtake from the Los Angeles Tracon: Airliners are routinely asked to fly a looped departure out of LAX, climbing to cross the vortac climbing through 10,000 feet.
If you're going to do this with DME, most equipment has the capability to tune one VOR/DME or VORTAC station, then select a hold mode on the DME to enable you to tune the navigator to a different frequency without the DME following along.
DEPARTURE PROCEDURE: Rwy 6, climb heading 061[degrees] and HMV VORTAC R-034 to 5500 before proceeding on course.
I learned of a vortac named March; not the month, the air force base.
Here in Florida, the VRB Vero Beach VORTAC was changed to TSV or Treasure so as not to confuse the computer (or pilots) with KVRB that lies six miles southeast.