VOR Decommissioning: October 2020 Update

FAA continues its program to decommission about 307 (34%) of the VORs in the continental U.S. Some 589 VORs (with enhanced service volumes) will remain operational when the minimum operational network (MON) program is complete, now scheduled for FY2030.

At the October 2020 session of the Aeronautical Charting Meeting, Ernesto Etienne, VOR MON Lead Engineer at FAA, provided an update on the program to date.

For more information about the MON program, see: Updated VOR Retention List, Next Round of VOR Shutdowns, VOR Status–Another Update, Minimum Operational Network (MON) Airports.

As of September 20, 2020, FAA had shut down 82 VORs. In Phase 2 of the program, which runs through FY2030, another 225 navaids will be decommissioned.

The 82 VORs discontinued as of September 30, 2020 are in this list (PDF).

Through the end of calendar year 2020, the following navaids are scheduled to be shut down (to see these VORs on a chart at SkyVector, click the links).

Five (5) VORs planned for discontinuance – November 5, 2020:

  • (FAH) Falls, in Sheboygan, WI
  • (LNR) Lone Rock, in Lone Rock, WI
  • (MKG) Muskegon, in Muskegon, MI
  • (RBA) Robinson, in Robinson, KS
  • (UKN) Waukon, in Waukon, IA

Three (3) VORs planned for discontinuance – December 31, 2020:

  • (EWO) New Hope, in New Hope, KY
  • (ITH) Ithaca, in Ithaca, NY
  • (URH) Texoma, in Durant, OK

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