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    Beacon markers

    I came into this subject in another forum on PMDG. How do Beacon Markers work. What I understand is to make them active and show up on the PFD with sound when the aircraft reaches one is to push down the marker on the Audio Control Panel. When the MKR is pressed it lights up showing it is active. I can push on it, but there is no light, should one come on. With the MKR pushed in, I never saw any markers show up (IM and MM) I left KSNA and no markers showed up after takeoff. When I was on the ISL RWY 25R at LAX no markers were displayed. basically if I wanted to use the Beacon Markes, how does it work.

    I found out they are being decommissioned so maybe that is why I am not seeing them.
    Last edited by dsalman1; 25May2023, 23:13.
    Dean Salman

    Possibly.... Middle and Inner Markers are indeed slowly being phased out, at least at major airports due mainly to GPS. The Outer Beacon is typically associated with the Final Approach Fix, the Middle Marker typically with the CAT I Decision Altitude.... a missed approach should already have been initiated by this time if you haven't seen the runway environment for a CAT I approach, and the Inner Marker would be at the beginning of the threshold. You will often see NOTAMS with the Inner and Middle marker out of service or unserviceable. Inner and Middle Markers will likely not be repaired or reserviced as they are no longer required for an ILS approach, and the FAA is no longer installing them at new ILS's. It does appear that they still tend to service the Outer Markers for the time being though.

    Just off the top of my head....

    There are other types of equipment that can be substituted for an Outer Marker though. PAR (Precision Approach Radar), ASR (Airport Surveillance Radar), DME, VOR or NDB.

    You can reference the AIM (Aeronautical Information Manual) for specific ILS requirements.
    Brian Murphy FSX- 747-400 / MD-11 / MSFS DC-6/ 737-700