Omega: Commercial Experiences With a Mature System

Graham Gibbs, Herb Bansbach

Abstract: Some 16,000 Omega Receivers are estimated to be in use by airborne and maritime operators, with at least 8,000 Omega Receivers in use by the commercial and military airborne community (1). This figure could be doubled if it was more widely understood that today Omega is "a Mature system, having few latent problems, providing reliable navigation for those users who have equipped with Omega. Although Omega is being used for Air Sea and Land Navigation by Commercial and Military operators throughout the world, this paper strictly addresses Commercial Airborne use (because that is the topic ION requested we address). This paper is not a "Scientific" paper, rather we have attempted to review the more recent history of the operation of Omega equipment within the commercial airborne community, also we provide details of some of the many applications and uses of Omega equipment within this community. The fact that today, "Omega works", is in large part due to the pioneering work of personages such as ,Eric Swanson (N.O.S.C.) and Dr. Pierce (M.I.T. ret d) and a host of dedicated individuals and organizations who have subsequently worked long and hard to bring the system through adolescence to maturity.
Published in: Proceedings of the 1985 National Technical Meeting of The Institute of Navigation
January 15 - 17, 1985
San Diego, CA
Pages: 183 - 190
Cite this article: Gibbs, Graham, Bansbach, Herb, "Omega: Commercial Experiences With a Mature System," Proceedings of the 1985 National Technical Meeting of The Institute of Navigation, San Diego, CA, January 1985, pp. 183-190.
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