Questions tagged [dme]

DME (Distance Measuring Equipment) is, as the name suggests, a system for measuring the slant distance between a suitably-equipped aircraft and a ground-based transponder station; DME stations are often colocated with VOR or ILS installations.

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What button do I push on the instrument panel to activate DME in VOR navigation? [closed]

For some strange reason I cannot seem to find any information about what button to push on the instrument panel to active the DME. There is plenty of information about how DME works with ...
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What does it mean to “lock on” to a DME ground station?

I was just reading about the working of the DME the other day and then I read a para which said: The aircraft interrogator "locks on" to the DME ground station once it recognizes a particular ...
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Why don't aircraft have DME that can automatically convert the slant range to ground range?

Knowing that $a^2 = b^2 + c^2$ where $a = \text{slant range},\ b= \text{ground range},\ c = \text{height}$. Why can't the DME equipment which calculates the slant range then just convert it to the ...
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How does an airborne DME unit differentiate itself?

The FAA's IFR handbook glosses over a keypoint: The aircraft DME transmits interrogating radio frequency (RF) pulses, which are received by the DME antenna at the ground facility. The signal ...
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How can I know DME distance? [closed]

When I fly 12000ft, how can I know a distance from DME station? Is there any formula to know or measure distance from DEM?
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What is the available range for DME, and why do we need EFC?

How far from the station can a DME signal be picked up, and why do we need EFC?
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How can I triangulate a position using two DMEs?

What is the formula for determining an aircraft's position (latitude, longitude) using barometric altitude and the ranges to two DMEs?
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Do UAVs use ground-based navaids?

When I Googled it seems it is not common to use Vortac like systems from UAVs as a backup to GNSS outages, like in manned aircraft. And also I haven't seen any equipment designed for just UAV ...
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Are there benefits in training instrument students how to fly a DME arc?

With more instrument approach procedures being designed for RNAV/GPS equipped aircraft, and considering the high level of radar coverage currently available, is there a need to spend much valuable ...