The FAA has published a draft study of the effects of cellphone use for voice communications in aircraft used for scheduled transportation and is seeking public comments (due by November 5). While the agency currently doesn’t approve installation of mobile phone base stations on airliners, other countries’ “civil aviation authorities reported no confirmed occurrences of cellphones affecting flight safety on aircraft with onboard cellular telephone base stations,” according to the study.
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The FAA is seeking comments (due October 30) on passenger use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) in general aviation and airline operations. Operators are allowed to determine that PEDs don’t interfere with navigation and communication systems but, the FAA wrote, “this notice requests comments about key areas of policy and guidance that are used by aircraft operators when making these determinations.
While the Iranian capture of the Sentinel caught public attention, it also allowed researchers to show that spoofing technology has been, and continues to be, closely investigated by a number of military and civilian facilities in the United States.
Last December an old, rarely used word–spoofing, –meaning to hoax or to fool others–entered worldwide aviation vocabularies virtually overnight. Simultaneously it brought a new and disturbing strategic escalation to military tactics and a potential, albeit probably lesser, threat to civil aircraft operations.
The FAA awarded Harris a contract on Tuesday potentially worth $291 million to replace legacy voice switches at ATC facilities with an Internet Protocol-based network under the National Airspace System Voice System (NVS) program, considered foundational to the NextGen ATC modernization effort. Current voice switches, some dating to the early 1980s, operate independently at individual ATC facilities.
NBAA has set up a web page dedicated to airspace and airport restrictions for the upcoming Democratic and Republican National Conventions in Charlotte, N.C.(September 3 to 6), and Tampa, Fla. (August 26 to 30), respectively.
The ADS-B system that is the cornerstone of the FAA’s NextGen ATC modernization plan is at risk of serious security breaches, according to Brad Haines (aka RenderMan), a hacker and network security consultant who is worried about ADS-B vulnerabilities.
While the London Olympics did not boost levels of private aviation traffic to the extent anticipated, data aggregated from Eurocontrol and Avinode shows that, compared with the same period last year, the region experienced a 19.2-percent increase in arrivals during the games period (July 26 to August 12). Flight activity increased most significantly in the days before the opening ceremonies, with 215 business jet arrivals recorded in the London area on July 27. However, Avinode said, June and July still experienced a decrease in per-day traffic from the year-ago period.
“The Block Aircraft Registration Request [Barr] program doesn’t really provide privacy; it’s just a barrier,” Dustin Hoffman, president of Los Angeles-based IT engineering firm Exigent Systems, told AIN. Hoffman, who has a private pilot certificate and flies a piston single for his business, set out to prove his point at the Defcon 20 computer security conference earlier this month in Las Vegas.
Despite predictions of significantly increased private jet movements during the London 2012 Olympics, overall industry traffic levels were around 25 percent below expectations, according to online charter broker PrivateFly. The UK Department for Transport had estimated 3,000 additional private jet movements during the Games.