Better, more precise GPS coverage now available across U.S.

There is now more precise GPS coverage across the U.S., thanks to the recent deployment of the FAA’s Geosynchronous Earth Orbiting 5 Wide Area Augmentation System navigation payload, which was developed by Raytheon‘s Intelligence, Information and Services business. The GEO 5 payload joins two others already on orbit in correcting GPS satellite signal ionospheric disturbances, […]

GA advocates concerned about GPS interference from proposed cell network

A coalition of 11 general aviation advocacy groups have expressed concern over the potential impact to satellite-based global positioning system (GPS) navigation capabilities from a proposed broadband cellular communications network operating within frequency bands currently used by GPS. A prior attempt to implement a high-speed nationwide cellular network by Ligado Networks, formerly known as LightSquared, […]

Are backup systems overrated?

What’s the point of carrying a handheld radio if you have one (or two) radios installed in your panel? For that matter, why carry a paper sectional chart if you have a fancy glass panel cockpit or an iPad running ForeFlight or FlyQ? Besides common sense, what’s the point in having a backup to your […]

iFly 740b Portable Aviation GPS introduced

Adventure Pilot has introduced the iFly 740b aviation GPS for $499.99. Standard features include an internal backup battery for up to 30 minutes of emergency power, WiFi connectivity for easy database updates as well as interfacing with ADS-B devices and sunlight readable touch screen. Like its predecessor, the 740, the 740b also packs an internal […]