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Navigation beacon possibly to be removed

PASCO - The Federal Aviation Administration is considering decommissioning the Pasco VOR/DME station and not replacing it due to the expense of relocation and future maintenance.

As part of the study of the proposal to decommission, the FAA is giving the public the opportunity to comment. All comments must be received on or before Tuesday, Sept. 18.

A VOR/DME station sends out directional VHF signals to airplanes that assist with navigation. If the Pasco station is shut down, pilots flying in nearby areas will lose four navigational procedures provided by the station. More advanced navigational methods, including GPS, are widely available but many aircraft still use VOR/DME technology.

The proposal will not affect the Sunnyside airport directly, but may have an impact on pilots who use the airport, according to Port Executive Director Amber Hansen.

Comments on the proposal should be submitted to Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, Docket No. 12-ANM-13NR, 1601 Lind Avenue SW, Renton, WA 98057.

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