Tue, Oct 25, 2011
Hickey: 'Most Intractable Problem I Have Been Involved
The proposal by LightSquared to place a
nationwide wireless broadband service on frequencies adjacent to
those used by millions of GPS receivers is causing the
implementation of NextGen air traffic control to grind nearly to a
halt, according to one highly-placed FAA official.
Speaking at the recent Air Traffic Control Association meeting
in Washington, D.C., FAA deputy associate administrator for
aviation safety John Hickey (pictured) said that the proposal
is having a "chilling effect" on the rollout of NextGen, as well as
operators considering making a significant investment in ADS-B
hardware which must be installed on airliners by 2020.
"(O)perators will wait several years down the road to see what
happens," he said. "This is the most intractable problem I have
been involved with in 31 years in aviation. Technology can solve
this, but the real problem is time and cost."
The White House is keen to expand broadband coverage in the
ElectronicsWeekly.com reports that Hickey
said that the FAA is working in good faith to find a solution that
would allow both GPS and LightSquared's 4G system to coexist. But
in a report "inadvertently" released earlier this year, the FAA
said that deployment of LightSquared's network as planned would
come at an estimated cost of 800 lives and $70 billion.
LightSquared insists that it has developed a filter for GPS
units that could cost as little as $6, though independent testing
has not confirmed that the solution actually works.
Hickey was adamant that the future of NextGen is at stake. "If
we have in any way a compromise to the [GPS] system, we compromise
the future of NextGen," he said.
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