VOR is shorthand for VHF OmniRange ground-based navigation facility. It is an aviation navigation system that backs up the newer GPS (Global Positioning System) satellite-based navigation system used by most aircraft. The Fire Island VOR is a remote facility that is hazardous to maintain because FAA workers must fly to and from the island via helicopter or small fixed-wing aircraft. In October, 2001, an ERA Aviation helicopter crashed into Cook Inlet and killed three people while returning from the Fire Island VOR.We believe the FAA will realize significant operational cost savings at less risk to personnel when the VOR is moved from its current, remote site on Fire Island to the airport. An airport site will simplify VOR access and improve facility security and reliability.