Natural orientation tools on airports     according to the  Munich Orientation Convention


The Munich airport has the option to be world's first airport with natural orientation tools, an idea from a Munichian inventor to simplify and harmonize worldwide all orientation means: signage, cartography, postal codes, navigation devices and verbal expressions. 

Within this area, it is (will be) possible to VolksNavigate©, that means to find targets with easy brain work

- without maps, - without names, - without illogical numbers
- without arrows - without floor marks - without square grids
- without colors - without compass  - without navigation devices

All boarding terminals, parking places, rooms, lifts, stairs, emergency exits, extinguishers etc. have logical addresses like 

   Boarding terminal  m7:2
   Bus stop m9:1 r150
   Parking area m2 r40

which are easy to understand if you associate the area with a clock as follows:

The tower is defined as the 

           centrum or pole m0

Around this pole, the horizon is divided in 12 imaginary directions  

            m1   to   m12.

whereas m12 points to north. These directions are called horizon hours

Horizon hours are sub-divided in horizon minutes as a DISTANCE to the horizon hour.



( read    "emm three  point fifty"    or     "emm three fifty" ) 

This code addresses all objects situated in a distance of 50 x 10 meters "later" than the direction m3

The convention for the minutes is very simple:    the greater, the later.   

Just this simple methode allows to address boarding terminals logically: 

The distance to the tower m0, the radius, is defined as the r-code. Joining this code to the m-code, logical position indications called StatusQuo© (where you are) come into existence, for example as shown on first picture:       

        bus stop      StatusQuo© MUC m9:1 r150   

There is another stop point with the address m9 r150. The "minutes" information let know which one ist "later"

In other words:

      "r..." is a numbering starting from m0

      "m..." is a north-direction-based numbering around m0 .

This simple methode covers a gigantic market gap: 

      l o g i c a l   and easy understandable  p o s i t i o n   codes 

and allows to navigate around the tower as elegant as in Rio de Janeiro around the Christus statue. 

Today, parking areas are addressed like this:


It is proposed to substitute the figures 1 to 27 like this:

today innovative addressing
1 m11 r50
2 m11 r30
3 m7 r10
4 m6 r30
6 m12 r30
7 m5 r10
8 m5 r30
9 m12 r20
20 m4 r20
22 m1 r60
26 m1 r30
27 m3 r20

The complete numbering would look like this:


Orientator©, the signage of the future: 

StatusQuo© addresses will be indicated on a  so-called Orientator© as shown right hand. 

Vertical Pointing©: additional to the logical position information, a round symbol called center pointer will be placed on their periphery to allow to detect the direction m0  according to the following conventions: 


if the symbol is placed on top, m0 will be in front of you
  on bottom,   behind you
  right hand,   right hand

etc. Acc. to the same convention, a square symbol points to north = m12. Other symbols for emergency exits, WC etc. are foreseen.

The picture above reveils: m12 is behind and m0 , the tower is left hand . 



A third code will help to identify floors which are higher or lower than the ground floor. The prefix letter "e" as elevation / etage will address over ground levels, the letter "u" will address underground levels. 

Examples :

      room   m4 r90 e1


Navigation / VolksNav©:

The local navigation with the help of such codes is called VolksNav©. As proceeded today with house numbers, VolksNav© is nothing else than the major/minor comparison between "r" and "m" values: 

Simply proceed according to the methode P - R - M : 




 Turn your body until m0 will be BEHIND. In this position, 

ahead will be outwards
right hand " to "later" (clockwise)
left hand " to earlier


Beginners have to turn physically. After some exercises anyone will be able to do this by his imagination power. In case you meet the Orientator© shown above, you'd have to turn to right, correct? 


R - comparison


 Ask yourself:         

    must I move inwards or outwards? 

 ( = is the target radius greater or smaller than the actual one?)


M - comparison


 Ask yourself:      

   must I move to “later” (clockwise) or to earlier?  

( = is the target m later or earlier than the actual one?)

Let's see an example: 

If your target is:      room StatusQuo©  m2 r40  

and you've lost orientation on position   m3:3 r80

so you must go

- inwards ( radius 40 is less than r80 )


- to "earlier" (counterclockwise)   ( m2 is "earlier"  than m3 )

This may seem to be unfamiliar, but the orientation based on cardinal points is used for some thousand years and imaginary clocks are used by soldiers, boy scouts, pilots, blind people etc. for more than 100 years. On a real situation, VolksNav© can be learned within few minutes, that means, faster than the most seeking times. 



Urban Orientation  The same addressing methode will also be used within the cities, see www.volksnav.com/munich instead of the postal codes. Acc. to this, the logical urban address of the Munich airport is:

         StatusQuo© MUN m1 r280   


Natural Cartography©: a map with such a polar grid has innovative characteristics, see www.volksnav.com/map  


Natural World Co-ordinates / international City Codes: the same methode can be used all over the globe, see  www.watchrose.com


Mobile applications: also navigation devices and mobile phones will indicate such logical position codes and cardinal points, see www.volksnav.com/london 

You're invited to download from www.volksnav.com the program for pocketPC with/without GPS incl. bluetooth.