In accordance with the Federal Communication Commission’s January ruling, LightSquared must, in its June 15 final report on GPS compatibility tests, show that “it is clear that potential GPS interference concerns have been resolved.” But hold that applause, GPS users.
Later this morning I’ll hop on a train for my biennial pilgrimage to the Paris Air Show. Thanks to the tunnel beneath the Channel connecting the UK to the mainland of Europe, and the speedy Eurostar train, it is not a long or arduous journey–not least because it no longer involves having to endure one of London’s accursed airports.
“The test data discussed today makes clear that there is substantial interference to GPS if LightSquared turns on high-powered terrestrial facilities in the spectrum next door to GPS,” Trimble vice president and general counsel Jim Kirkland said today at an event sponsored by the National Space-Based PNT Advisory Board. Kirkland is also a founding member of the Coalition to Save Our GPS.
Freedom Aero Service has partnered with Merrill Field Instruments to provide an accessory shop on Merrill Field in Anchorage.
The controversy over potential interference to GPS from LightSquared’s planned nationwide network of powerful 4G broadband retransmitting stations has now drawn Congress into the dispute. Letters expressing concern about adverse effects of the LightSquared network on GPS have been sent to the FCC by House and Senate members.
Middle East Business Aviation Association chairman Ali Al Naqbi is proposing to set up an informal working group, dubbed “Middle East Control,” to achieve integrated air traffic services across the Gulf region. With 22 jurisdictions covering the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Al Naqbi is aware he has a lot of work ahead.
On the last day of Ebace, NBAA signed a five-year agreement with the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport Co. to work exclusively together on business aviation events at the Chinese airport. This prevents the rival Shanghai International Business Aviation Show (SIBAS) from being held at Shanghai until after 2017, at the earliest.
Advocacy efforts by NBAA members, the Connecticut Legislative Aviation Caucus and the Connecticut Business Aviation Group to fight a personal property tax on all aircraft based in the state were successful. Last month, the House and Senate in Connecticut passed a budget that does not contain “the potentially devastating tax increases for aviation that were proposed in earlier versions,” NBAA said.
LightSquared documents submitted to the FCC last week reveal that its transmitters were transmitting at only half power during the tests recently conducted in the Las Vegas area to check for interference with GPS receivers. This means that any interference detected by the GPS units could be as much as half that expected when the LightSquared transmitters operate at their eventual planned power levels.
General DeWitt Spain Airport (M01) in Memphis, Tenn., has been closed since May 4 by the epic flooding of the Mississippi River. Home to more than 70 aircraft (including several turboprops), the general aviation airport was under as much as 12 feet of water, according to a Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority spokesman. In 1987 the authority built a levee to protect the airport from the nearby river.