December 2010 Issue


I just read your editorial ("Assuming The Position," October) about "position and hold," which is now "line up and wait," which I last heard in fourth grade. It reminded me of when I first began flying in May 1981. In Riverside County, Calif., I learned of a vortac named March; not the month, the air force base. It’s still there. A great big you-can’t-miss-it vortac everyone knows about, next to March Air Force Base. I hadn’t been flying long when the FAA renamed the vortac, in its eminent wisdom, to Homeland. I pondered: Why in the world would the FAA—which obviously had way too much time on its hands—rename the Vortac from a well-known feature, March Air Force Base, to an obscure name, Homeland? No one knew.

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