Wed, Sep 30, 2009
Scouring the information super airways can sometimes be a tough,
if educational, task for the Aero-News staff... but it also allows
us to check out some truly neat and exciting sites, so it's not
that bad a gig. On any given day, we may check dozens (and often
hundreds) of different sources for story ideas, and facts
confirmation. And, as is the nature of our business, much of this
is done on the Internet.
The ANN gang decided we probably shouldn't keep some of the neat
sites, info resources, and organizations we've discovered to
ourselves... so we decided to bring you Aero-Linx. These are the
sites that WE check out -- when we need added perspective, a new
spin on a day's topic... or just want to escape into
cyber-aero-space for awhile.
Look for some of our favorite sites, coming each day to ANN via
Suggestions for future Aero-Linx segments are always
welcome, as well.
Aero-Linx: FAA Global
Navigation Satellite Systems
The FAA Global Navigation Satellite System
(GNSS) Program Office provides satellite (GPS) based positioning,
navigation, and timing (PNT) services in the United States to
enable performance-based (RNP/RNAV) operations for all phases of
flight from en route, terminal, approach, and surface navigation.
PNT services are an essential enabler required to overcome the
deficiencies in today's air traffic infrastructure and support
implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation (NEXTGEN)
system for the United States' National Airspace System (NAS). The
FAA's plan to provide PNT services requires implementation of two
GPS augmentation systems, the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS)
and the Local Area Augmentation System (LAAS). Both systems improve
the accuracy, availability, and integrity needed to support
continuous all-weather use of GPS as a primary means of navigation
and automated dependent surveillance (ADS-B) within the NAS.
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