2000 Fellow

Presented to: Mr. Ronald Braff

Citation: For his significant individual contributions to the application of navigation technologies in the air traffic control system and his efforts to resolve operational and safety concerns leading to the acceptance of GPS by the FAA


Mr. Ronald Braff has been making influential contributions in the applications of radio navigation to aircraft for 38 years while at FAA and MITRE. This includes VORTAC modernization, Loran and Omega application to the National Airspace System, and GPS augmentation. His most influential contributions occurred in the early 1980´s when he identified the GPS integrity shortcoming and brought it to the attention of government and industry, and conceived the GPS Integrity Channel that provides the network architecture for satellite based augmentation systems. During his ten years as editor of "NAVIGATION, The Journal of the Institute of Navigation," the journal was modernized, improved and expanded. He has received the ION´s Hays and Distinguished Service Awards.