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Save Our GPS Coalition Calls LightSquared Solution 'Bizarre'

June 23, 2011 – The Coalition to Save Our GPS, of which EAA is a member, spoke out on behalf of the group after LightSquared forwarded a “solution” earlier this week to the GPS interference caused by its proposed new 4G network. Jim Kirkland, vice president and general counsel of Trimble, said in a statement, “This latest gambit by LightSquared borders on the bizarre. Last week LightSquared unilaterally delayed filing of the study report that culminated months of intensive work to evaluate interference to GPS, because they purportedly needed two more weeks to analyze the results. Days later, well before the report is scheduled to be filed, LightSquared unilaterally announces that it has found a ‘solution.’”

That so-called solution essentially moves LightSquared’s 4G signal lower on the spectrum band, “greatly reducing the risk for interference” with GPS receivers, LightSquared claims.

Calling LightSquared’s solution nothing but a “Hail Mary” move, Kirkland stressed, “Confining its operation to the lower MSS band still interferes with many critical GPS receivers in addition to the precision receivers that even LightSquared concedes will be affected. The government results submitted to date already prove this, and the study group report will also confirm this. It is time for LightSquared to move out of the MSS band.”

Read the full GPS Coalition statement here.

EAA has been working very aggressively on Capitol Hill educating lawmakers on both chambers on the potential impact of LightSquared’s proposal. Language has been introduced in the Finance appropriations bill regarding the issue, and serious concern over GPS interference including the adverse affect that would have on NextGen and ADS-B, was voiced on Thursday at a hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

EAA members are encouraged to contact your congressional representatives and encourage them to protect the integrity of the GPS system by communicating the impact interference would have on the safe operation of your aircraft. House of Representatives | U.S. Senate

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