2017 Fellow

Presented to: Tim Murphy

Citation: For significant and sustained contributions to navigation technology and its application to civil aviation.


Mr. Tim Murphy has 33 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. His ex pertise 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 served on RTCA Special Committee 159, responsible for development of requirements for use of GPS by civil aviation. For more than 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. Mr. Murphy is a member of the technical advisory board for the National Executive Committee for Space-Based PNT; an 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); a member of the ICAO Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety Advisory Board; 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 BSEE and MSEE from Ohio University. He has published more than 45 papers. He holds 15 patents with several more pending.