Sun, Mar 07, 2010
Aero-Terms are designed to be a daily reminder of the terms,
names, acronyms and explanations of the unique language that
populates the aviation world. Aerospace, sport aviation, fixed
wing, helo, you name it... it's all fair game.
Aero-Terms should serve as a quick but intriguing reminder of
the terms you may use every day, or an introduction to an aspects
of the Aero-World you may not yet be familiar with. ANN also
encourages readers to go beyond the FMI link, and further research
any intriguing terms.
Suggestions for future Aero-Terms are ALWAYS
welcome, as are additions or discussion of the
explanations given for each Aero-Term.
Global Positioning System
A space-base radio positioning, navigation, and time-transfer
system. The system provides highly accurate position and velocity
information, and precise time, on a continuous global basis, to an
unlimited number of properly equipped users. The system is
unaffected by weather, and provides a worldwide common grid
The GPS concept is predicated upon accurate and continuous
knowledge of the spatial position of each satellite in the system
with respect to time and distance from a transmitting satellite to
the user. The GPS receiver automatically selects appropriate
signals from the satellites in view and translates these into
three-dimensional position, velocity, and time. System accuracy for
civil users is normally 100 meters horizontally.
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