Just when it seemed the LightSquared-GPS contest had run its course, a pair of latecomers–Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.)–wrote to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski proposing that the agency should now find a vacant block of radio spectrum in which LightSquared could launch another attempt at its nationwide Internet plan.
Today, most of us would probably rate cellphones, ATMs and the Internet as the three most useful modern gadgets we use regularly. We likely wouldn’t rank GPS up there, and maybe not even in the top 10. Yet without GPS, those three wouldn’t work too well, if at all, and neither would a host of other things that we depend on (reliable electrical power; banking systems; national and worldwide telecommunications, including air traffic control; and car navigation, to name a few). And with NextGen slowly approaching, aviation’s dependence on GPS will grow exponentially.
Jeppesen is offering consolidated and customized flight-planning assistance through its FlightSupport Services, along with new route-planning functionality for its Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck app for iPad. With the enhancement to Jeppesen FliteSupport Services, company experts act as an extension of the customer’s flight department, providing customized delivery of international flight-planning and operations assistance.
Flight planning and support group Jeppesen (Booth H607) is introducing enhancements for two of its products. Consolidated and customized flight-planning assistance is now available through its FlightSupport Services, along with new route-planning functionality for its Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck app for iPad.
Guam-based aviation services provider Aviation Concepts (Booth B702) has entered an agreement with the Makat Shangri-La Hotel in Manila for the provision of catering services to its charter customers and owners of aircraft under Aviation Concepts’ management.
GE Aviation and Chile’s LAN Airlines recently conducted the first flight in Latin America using precise performance-based navigation (PBN) procedures from takeoff to landing.
Despite rising jubilation among the GPS community in the middle of last month that LightSquared had at last met its comeuppance, the would-be nationwide wireless broadband provider was not dead yet as this issue went to press. With its technical arguments virtually exhausted, LightSquared entered into a “Pleading Cycle” at the FCC on January 27, using what is likely its only lifeline.
On Tuesday the FCC rejected LightSquared’s plans for a 4G broadband network in the L-band frequency, following a final recommendation by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which is a joint panel consisting of nine federal agencies.
After a moment of silence in respect for members lost in the past year, Jim Kettles, vice president of the venerable Twirly Birds brought to order the association’s annual meeting. It’s tradition, he explained, for the Twirly Birds to convene their meeting during Heli-Expo.
The House aviation subcommittee held a hearing yesterday to review GPS as a critical part of transportation infrastructure. Chaired by Rep.