2015 Thurlow Award

Presented to: Tim Murphy

Citation: For significant and sustained contributions to Global Navigation Satellite Systems for aviation.


Mr. Tim Murphy has 30 years of experience in the field of radio navigation and communications systems for civil aviation, with extensive contributions related to navigation and landing systems. The current focus of his work is avionics for new airplane product development, and next generation CNS technologies to support Air Traffic Management. Tim’s expertise is in navigation systems including satellite navigation systems (GPS, GPS augmentations, GPS modernization, GPS Landing Systems) as well as conventional navigation systems (VOR, DME, ILS etc.).

Mr. Murphy has worked extensively with organizations relating to avionics, auto flight/flight controls, air traffic management, product development, systems concept center and electronic systems. For more than 15 years he has served on RTCA Special Committee 159, responsible for development of requirements for use of GPS by civil aviation. For nearly 20 years he has supported the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in the development of Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) for satellite navigation and navigation systems in general. He is a member of technical advisory board for the National Executive Committee for Space-Based PNT; a Senior Technical Fellow at Boeing Commercial Airplane Co. of Communications, Navigation and Surveillance; a leading contributor and primary author of GBAS standards at RTCA Special Committee 159 Working Group 4; and industry chair/working group chair and leading contributor to GPS and GBAS standards at ICAO Navigation Systems Committee; a major contributor of GPS Landing System (GLS) characteristics of the air transport Multi-Mode Receiver (MMR) at Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC); and a leading industry advocate countering threats and roadblocks to GPS and GLS, including the recent interference threat from LightSquared. Mr. Murphy has been a frequent contributor to ION, serving as Council member, program chair, track chair, session chair, presenter and author.

Mr. Murphy is a Senior Technical Fellow with the Boeing Commercial Airplane group where he is a member of the Electronic Systems organization. He received his M.S. from Ohio University. He has published more than 45 papers. He holds 13 patents with three additional pending.