Airport building massive navigation system tower
Published: March 27,2013
MADISON — It’s six stories high, nearly as wide as a football field and is peeking out above trees near the Madison airport.
Public works official Tommy Boxx tells WLBT-TV in Jackson the large dish on stilts has a Vortac navigation system.
According to a federal aviation guide, Vortac gives pilots the bearing and range of an airport. Pilots use the information to check whether they are on course.
Madison negotiated with the Federal Aviation Administration to keep the structure less conspicuous as is the local tradition. Boxx says antennas will be painted green to blend in with the background.
Madison has had a Vortac in use for about 30 years but it had to be replaced after the FAA lost the lease to the land it sits on.
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