Podcast: Mitigating Intentional GPS Interference

March 22, 2021

GPS is unquestionably one of the most significant advances of our time and the enabling technology for much of the FAA’s NextGen air traffic management system. However, ongoing GPS interference testing by the U.S. military has caused several problems for pilots, and aviation stakeholders are united in seeking ways to reduce the effects of those outages. “When you create and develop a system that is reliant on GPS technology as your primary comm/nav/surveillance [system], then when you impact that infrastructure, there are going to be operational impacts,” said NBAA Director of Air Traffic Services and Infrastructure Heidi Williams. “We absolutely have to have mitigations in place so that we do not see a critical safety event as a result of one of these intentional jammings.”

In this episode of NBAA’s “Flight Plan,” host Rob Finfrock speaks with:

  • Jack Allen, managing director, air traffic management for Airlines for America (A4A)
  • Jim McClay, director, airspace, air traffic and security for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
  • Heidi Williams, NBAA director, air traffic services and infrastructure

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