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FAA Advisory on Expected GPS Unreliability and Unavailability

Thursday, December 8, 2016 09:47

We received this email this morning from the FAA:

Flight Advisory GPS Interference Testing December 11–19, 2016 Las Vegas, NV.
Notice Number: NOTC6940

FLIGHT ADVISORY
GPS INTERFERENCE TESTING
NEVADA TEST AND TRAINING RANGE (NTTR) 16-12
December 11–19, 2016
Las Vegas, NV.

Additional information available at provided link

In this specific Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), it states that GPS signals may be unreliable or unavailable at flight levels of 250 feet and above at a 494 NM radius from the center point. This affects our primary service area of Northern California.

So now, for all missions we conduct from December 11 through 19, 2016, we will heighten our attention and awareness of any unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) handling and navigation anomolies and execute our defined mitigation and contingency plans.

Does your company conduct UAV missions by employees or external contractors (FAA-licensed we hope)?

  • Are they aware of the risks GPS service disruptions can have on UAV flights like flyaways or crashing into structures?
  • Do they rely on GPS control of UAVs rather than manual operation? 
  • Do they subscribe to notifcations by the FAA on planned GPS service disruptions?

This attention to detail and professionalism is what you would want your employees or contracted UAV service providers to have to help reduce the potential of "unexpected events." Call or email us for professional FAA-licensed UAV (drone) services or consultation.