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Australia’s prime minister has appointed the retired air chief marshal who has headed the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 as his special … More ››

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Harris to supply Port-Au-Prince

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NASA transfers NextGen technology

NextGen software technology that will allow air traffic controllers to maximize the benefits of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures on the approach to the runway … More ››

Calls grow for global review of airspace risk

Governments must take the lead in reviewing how risk assessments for flying over conflict zones are made, according to an airline industry chief. Tony Tyler, … More ››

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Seeking Global Leadership

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has today said that global leadership from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is urgently needed to respond to … More ››

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Moving Targets

The framework by which each European nation’s air traffic control agency should cut costs to meet Single European Sky targets looks in tatters with some … More ››

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As satellite-based navigation plays an ever greater role in US NextGen and its European Single European Sky equivalent to modernise the way in which air traffic is managed, the need to monitor and predict space weather will only increase.

A significant space weather storm occurred when a Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) system in the US exceeded its vertical protection limit and was deemed unusable for 15 and 11 hours on two days in October 2003.

Another impact of solar activity occurred in December 2006 when a solar radio burst in a solar flare was so strong that it overwhelmed the GPS signal at L-band, causing a several-minute-long interruption to geodetic-grade GPS receivers operating on the dayside of Earth.

“En route, any decrease in the accuracy the global navigation satellite signal is not such an important issue, say, if you are 10 metres out but it starts to get tricky if you are using it for precision approaches,” says the UK CAA’s Wells.
Weather Check

Tackling space weather’s impact on aviation is rightfully claiming its place on the safety agenda of UN aviation agency ICAO, writes Aimée Turner. Solar weather … More ››

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