Press Release – FAA Demonstrates Satellite Technology At Asian Forum On Intermodalism
For Immediate Release
Release No. APA 59-99
May 4, 1999
Contact: Tammy L. Jones
Phone: (202) 267-8521
WASHINGTON, DC — Representatives from the Department of
Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will
be in Singapore this week to participate in a Forum on
"Intermodalism and Satellite-Based Transportation Technologies."
The FAA will demonstrate the potential use of the Global
Positioning System (GPS) enhanced by the Wide Area
Augmentation System (WAAS).
This flight demonstration is the first-of-its-kind in the Asia-Pacific
region. At least 21 nations are represented at the forum from
May 5 – 7, hosted by the Singapore Aviation Academy of the
Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore under the auspices of the
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. The FAA
worked closely with the organizations to set up the demonstration.
A successful demonstration will encourage the adoption of this
technology in airspace in this region. A special demonstration
flight for the media takes place on May 4.
The GPS is an effective navigation aid used throughout the U.S.
to make all modes of transportation safer, more efficient and
cost-effective. Forum participants will demonstrate how the use of
satellite-based navigation and communication technologies are
being applied in the Asia-Pacific region.
The FAA will use a Boeing 727 aircraft to perform flight tests to
demonstrate the potential benefits of the WAAS. WAAS is an
augmentation to the GPS that corrects the GPS standard civil
signal to provide the accuracy, integrity, and availability needed
for the more demanding civil aviation navigation operations. The
FAA is working with international partners to provide a seamless
global satellite system for improved aviation safety worldwide.
Previous successful tests have been conducted in Mexico, Italy,
Iceland, and Chile.
For this demonstration, the FAA, with support from the Civil
Aviation Authority of Singapore, installed a reference station at
Singapore Changi Airport. The reference station will compute
errors for the GPS constellation specific for that area. This
information will be used to create a corrected WAAS message that
will be broadcast to the FAA aircraft. The aircraft will use this
WAAS broadcast to guide the aircraft for Category 1 precision
approaches at Changi Airport.
The media will get an opportunity to go on board the
specially-equipped aircraft and witness an approach and landing
using the GPS. They also will see the technology used by air
traffic controllers to track aircraft beyond radar coverage and see
how operational messages are exchanged with pilots.