FAA Maps Out Long-Term Plan For Enhanced Satellite Navigation | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Most Recent Daily Airborne

Airborne On ANN

Airborne On YouTube/Hi-Def/Mac Friendly

Monday

Airborne 01.19.15

Airborne 01.19.15

Tuesday

Airborne 01.20.15

Airborne 01.20.15

Wednesday

Airborne 01.21.15

Airborne 01.21.15

Thursday

Airborne 01.22.15

Airborne 01.22.15

Friday

Airborne 01.23.15

Airborne 01.23.15

Sun, May 09, 2004

FAA Maps Out Long-Term Plan For Enhanced Satellite Navigation

Says It's Committed To WAAS

Top officials at the FAA have told AOPA that the agency is committed to maturing satellite-based navigation for the long haul using the wide area augmentation system (WAAS). During a meeting at AOPA headquarters on Tuesday, executives from the FAA's Air Traffic Organization shared the agency's latest program developments. They said part of the plan for supporting general aviation's transition to WAAS is to develop 500 WAAS approaches each year, making the system more attractive to GA pilots.

WAAS is a ground-based system that adjusts for errors in signals from the Global Positioning System, providing unparalleled navigation performance. The FAA has taken a building block approach to WAAS, adding enhancements as they become available. The system currently supports approaches with minimum weather standards close to those for instrument landing systems (ILS). Ultimately it will be capable of precise ILS Category 1 guidance for approaches into airports that don't have instrument landing system equipment.

"Using WAAS to deliver all-weather access to airports increases a local community's access to the world," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "This is why AOPA embraced this navigation system early on."

The FAA expects to be able to deliver Category I ILS performance throughout the continental United States and parts of Alaska using WAAS. But that won't happen until after a full constellation of new-generation GPS satellites are in place, expected sometime around 2013.

"The fact that the FAA is looking beyond 2013 all the way to at least 2028 illustrates the agency's commitment to a satellite-based navigation system based on WAAS," said AOPA Senior Director of Advanced Technology Randy Kenagy. "And the agency's acknowledgement that they have to turn out hundreds of WAAS approaches each year is the first step in getting the approach production started."

AOPA has championed a conversion to a satellite-based navigation system since 1990. And during the development of what has become WAAS, the association repeatedly told the FAA that the system must be able to deliver the same accuracy, availability, and dependability as the current instrument landing system.

FMI: www.aopa.org

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 01.23.15: Google/SpaceX Bucks, Pet Aero-Rescue, Return of the P-3?

Also: Disruptive Innovation, V22 Ospreys, USAF Lets Bluebook Loose, Dawn and Ceres, FAASTeam Virtual Safety Stand Down As SpaceX’s Elon Musk pushes ahead on his development o>[...]

ANN FAQ: Getting The Word Out

Things To Know When You Send A News Release Aero-News gets hundreds of releases every week, ranging from industry giants like Boeing and Cessna to the smallest of flying clubs and >[...]

USAF Releases UFO Project Blueboook

Nearly 130,000 Pages Of Documents Posted On The Internet The storied USAF Project Blue Book has been published online ... including nearly 130,000 pages of declassified UFO records>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.25.15)

"That's going to be the initial focus over the next year. Certainly in the next year-and-a-half or so, we will be far enough along in continuing (tactics development) to develop a >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.25.15)

Aero Linx: A-4 Skyhawk Association An affiliation of individuals who have flown, maintained, (or who simply love) the "A-4 Skyhawk"; and who are dedicated to the perpetuation of th>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC