FAA Warns of GPS Outages in Southern California

By Paul Riegler on 7 June 2016
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The Federal Aviation Administration issued a Flight Advisory and Notice to Airmen warning pilots that the global positioning system or GPS could be “unreliable or unavailable” on six days in June, affecting all aircraft relying on GPS.

The problem will be the result of GPS interference testing on June 7, 9, 21, 23, and 28 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. PDT. The testing will take place near China Lake, California, the location of the Naval Air Weapons Center in the Mojave Desert.

It will affect GPS services throughout the Southwest and especially in southern California.

The testing will primarily impact aircraft above 50’ altitude and will stretch hundreds of miles in each direction, affecting various types of GPS devices.

Navigation systems in cars are not expected to be impacted by the testing.

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