FLIGHT INSPECTION OF GPS PROCEDURES

G. Curt Keedy

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: Over the past 7 years, the Federal Aviation Administration FAA has been actively involved in the development of policies, methods, and procedures for the implementation of GPS and related space-based technologies being introduced into the National Airspace System (NAS). Satellite navigation services require the implementation of new technologies in the FAA flight inspection fleet. These technologies include passive monitoring, nonprecision approach, Special Category I SCAT-I, the Wide Area Augmentation System WAAS, and the Local Area Augmentation System LAAS. This paper describes the methods and policies being used by the FAA to meet these requirements. System-level descriptions of the equipment involved in the commissioning and periodic inspection of GPS-based instrument approach procedures are provided. The current automated Flight Inspection System FIS used aboard FAA aircraft is described, along with the portable GPS Flight Inspection System GFIS unit for use on helicopters or non-FIS fixed-wing aircraft.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 47, Number 1
Pages: 33 - 42
Cite this article: Keedy, G. Curt, "FLIGHT INSPECTION OF GPS PROCEDURES", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 47, No. 1, Spring 2000, pp. 33-42.
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