There is an RNAV waypoint named STYCK co-located at what appears to be the exact location of the LOA VOR (coordinates match precisely as well). Why would the creation of a waypoint be necessary if IFR GPS/RNAV units/databases can take both VOR names and waypoints? Why not just use the VOR name that has existed there for over 50 years? Such a thing is regularly done in IFR SIDs and STARs when loading them into a GPS/FMS.


In the US, the FAA has done this alot, as in their long term plan to phase out a lot of the VORs. Doing that, they're preemptively just adding a Fix for procedures on top of the VOR so they don't have to update all the procedures when the VOR is decommissioned.

  • $\begingroup$ Agreed. Any reference? $\endgroup$
    – Pugz
    Aug 13 '17 at 22:15
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    $\begingroup$ No references, just discussion with the people who go around designing the RNAV arrivals, when we were designing some for LIT. $\endgroup$
    – slookabill
    Aug 13 '17 at 22:53

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