“It is the unanimous conclusion of the test findings by the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) Executive Committee (ExCom) agencies that both LightSquared’s original and modified plans for its proposed mobile network would cause harmful interference to many GPS receivers,” the committee wrote in a letter sent to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on Friday. The PNT ExCom–composed of nine U.S.
Weather was not my best subject in flight school, though I readily accepted its importance for pilots. On the FAA written exam for my ATP, six of the eight questions I got wrong were about weather.
As news outlets picked up on ProPublica’s story on blocked aircraft registrations, NBAA stepped up to make a case for its Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program.
Pilots who have grown accustomed to flying with up-to-the- minute weather graphics and information broadcast to the cockpit through the XM or Sirius satellite radio services are probably aware that the companies successfully completed their “merger of equals” last year. The deal created a combined entity called Sirius XM Radio Inc.
The Sirius/XM merger will have no impact to WxWorx services, the XM WX Satellite Weather provider said yesterday. WxWorx (Booth No. 962) offers the XM WX service in conjunction with XM Satellite Radio, now called Sirius XM. The two satellite radio companies merged in July.
As anyone who has it or has tried it can attest, satellite radio is seriously cool. Now, just like the thousands of listeners who tune in to satellite radio in their cars or at home, pilots and passengers can receive the 100-plus channels of digital music, news and talk provided by Sirius, one of two U.S. satellite radio providers.
Digital audio specialist Heads Up Technologies of Carrollton, Texas, plans to begin flight testing in the next two months of its satellite digital audio radio (SDAR) for use with XM Satellite Radio’s recently launched commercial service, which will make 100 channels of satellite-transmitted audio available to aircraft passengers over the continental U.S.
Cabin management system specialist Baker Electronics made its presence known at NBAA yesterday with the announcement of a “new digital solution which will ease installation, simplify engineering and provide maximum bandwidth for expansion.”
Hoping to duplicate the success of in-flight datalink weather services that have exploded in the U.S., Avidyne (Booth No. 563) is introducing an Iridium-based satellite data transceiver that will deliver weather graphics and text to pilots flying in Europe.
A new cockpit weather service from XM Radio that is about to make its debut aboard business jets deserves a closer look by aircraft operators who are interested in providing XM digital satellite radio programming in the cabin.
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