RAA Joins Growing Coalition of Stakeholders to Save our GPS (Global Positioning System)
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Posted by: Admin
RAA JOINS GROWING COALITION OF STAKEHOLDERS TO SAVE OUR GPS (GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM)
A pending proposal by LightSquared to place high-speed wireless network across the nation would rely on transmissions from ground-based radio signals on a spectrum adjacent to GPS. The signal would be one billion or more times more powerful than GPS's satellite-based signals, and RAA is concerned these transmissions will cause severe disruptions to the GPS signal. Approximately 98 percent of the regional jet aircraft in service today are completely reliant upon GPS for operation into and out of large hub airports and during high altitude enroute flight. The reliability of regional airline flights, therefore, depends heavily on GPS signal integrity.
Potential interference, however, is not limited to regional or even commercial airlines. Signal problems could potentially, negatively impact millions of GPS receivers, including federal agencies, state and local governments, first responders, civil engineering, construction and surveying, agriculture, industry, and everyday consumers in their cars and on handheld devices.