The FAA is conducting GPS testing, Feb. 3-10, in the Wilmington, N.C., area. This testing may result in “unreliable or unavailable” GPS signal, FAA officials said.
AOPA is calling for the Federal Communications Commission to revoke LightSquared’s conditional approval to develop a mobile-satellite network, noting that “a technical committee that analyzed test data has concluded that the transmissions pose intractable interference problems for aviation navigation and other uses of GPS.” Read the full report here.
SportairUSA, an Arkansas-based distributor of sport aircraft and avionics, is now a dealer for Adventure Pilot’s iFly GPS, the 7-inch touchscreen moving map designed for general aviation pilots.
LightSquared’s recent offer to give up a few frequencies does not satisfy the Global Positioning System and its users, including the airline industry and general aviation.
Federal officials said Wednesday that recent tests of start-up LightSquared Inc.’s proposed national wireless-Internet network showed it would still knock out a “majority” of GPS devices. A report in The Wall Street Journal quotes Anthony Russo, director of the National Coordination Office for Spaced-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing, a government and industry advisory board, as saying government tests showed that “LightSquared signals caused harmful interference to the majority of…general purpose GPS receivers.”