Shrinking GPS Technology Allows for Broader Applications


When it comes to Global Positioning System technology, if you can imagine a use for it then someone is probably already developing it as a product. Advancements continue to impress and progress, giving mankind amazing new capabilities. While most of us are well aware of GPS guided navigation systems, organizations and companies around the world are using GPS technology for tracking, crime prevention, emergency search and rescue, and environmental management, along with numerous other applications. Thanks to the U.S. military’s ongoing pursuit of technology, many highly sophisticated devices have become familiar to civilians. And we all benefit as they progressRead More

FAA Uses GPS Tracking-Based System to Increase Efficiency

Do you hate sitting in an airport terminal waiting for your flight, only to discover that a delay will cause you to miss your next connection? How about those inevitable delays when you’re waiting to pick up a friend or family member? Thanks to a new GPS tracking-based system developed by Exelis, those kinds of issues won’t happen nearly as often. The FAA is already in the process of installing the ground infrastructure needed to support the new system, and hopes to be operational in the near future. Satellite-Based Surveillance The FAA has been working with Exelis to develop aRead More

Delays for Air Traffic GPS Plan

The Federal Aviation Administration has a revolutionary plan in the works, one which promises to reduce airline delays by over 40 percent. Even better, it would increase safety in the skies, conserve fuel, and lower emissions by aircraft. At the center of the plan is—you guessed it—GPS! A Long Time Coming If you are a GPS enthusiast, you already know how many benefits the system holds for the airline industry if it were to be fully embraced. The FAA’s GPS program intends to do just that, replacing the outdated, sluggish, and relatively inaccurate radar. While the average airline passenger mayRead More

New GPS Research in Airplane Landing Technology

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In larger airports with longer runways, the pilots use precision approaches to land the bigger aircraft. However, researchers hope to also improve landing techniques for smaller airplanes in smaller airports using the same GPS guided technology. At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a team of researchers has received a generous sum of money from the Federal Aviation Administration and the MITRE Corporation for a new project regarding GPS-guided technology. They plan to use over $340, 000 dollars for this new project in order to test a new GPS system that will assist the pilot in landing the plane. Specifically, the researchers areRead More

GPS Aids Flight Simulation for Small Planes


Large airports with long runways have a variety of methods to land planes with non-precision or precision GPS instruments. Because each aircraft landing is different, these techniques provide pilots with a large safety margin in whatever conditions they face upon runway approach.   Why is GPS assessment for small planes needed? Sometimes the pilot is forced to approach too low or high—or too quickly—and by using GPS can estimate the safest possible solution(s) to ground contact. Add in more dangerous factors like unclear visibility and inclement weather, and the situation becomes significantly riskier.   In early 2013, a research teamRead More

Tracking Cargo on Airplanes with GPS

United States’ GTX Corp, a two-way GPS solutions provider, announced that its GPS tracking device was approved for use on AirNet and Cargolux airlines.   The GPS device, which is customized for use on an airplane, will be offered as an add-on service for customers of MNX only. MNX is a leading global provider of “expedited transportation and logistics services.” The use of these GPS tracking devices will give MNX’s customers the ultimate control and visibility for the most precious of cargo, whether it’s a shipment with a high value or a time-sensitive shipment.   “We have been working diligentlyRead More

Make a Legal U-Turn and Return to the Airfield

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Air traffic controllers in some parts of Florida, Atlanta, Southern California, and Washington, D.C. will soon be able to take advantage of NextGen’s new technology to allow towers to track airplanes through GPS, instead of using radar. The state is phasing in use of the new technology over the next three to five years that will allow more Florida airports to become more efficient and precise in tracking the flights going to and from the airports.   How it works Radar systems have been around for decades, but are now becoming obsolete in the air traffic control field. There isRead More

GPS-Guided Landings

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Almost every week, there are news stories about an airplane crash somewhere in the country, airplanes crashing into mountains, missing runways, or landing on highways. Most are reported as pilot error, and many involve poor weather conditions, including strong winds and poor visibility. Although such occurrences are rare among large commercial airlines, the statistics are drastically higher among smaller aircraft. Now, researchers plan to launch a test study in the summer of 2013 to ascertain whether GPS technology would be beneficial for planes using smaller airports and shorter runways.   All Systems Go The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach,Read More

NextGen: Vulnerable to Hackers?

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The FAA is currently upgrading the air traffic control system, opting to move from radar to GPS device. It is called the Next Generation Air Transportation System, a.k.a NextGen, and it is supposed to make things easier for air traffic controllers across the country, allowing more helicopters, planes, and one day drones to exist in the sky at the same time. However, there are some security experts that believe the system is highly insecure, vulnerable to malicious hackers.   Radar The current system relies on radar communications, where air traffic controllers ping a plane causing a transponder built into theRead More

In Flight with GPS

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Flying can be a fun and fast way to get from one destination to another, but outdated navigation equipment and the high cost of fuel have halted aviation traffic for the past several years. Times are changing, however, and advances in satellite navigation are getting planes off the ground once again. Global positioning system technology is becoming more and more a crucial part of aviation as more uses are discovered to help increase efficiency and safety while at the same reducing time and cost.   Out with the Old Flight routes in the past have been based on ground stations,Read More