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Airbus A350 software bug forces airlines to turn planes off and on every 149 hours • The Register
"Some models of Airbus A350 airliners still need to be hard rebooted after exactly 149 hours, despite warnings from the EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) first issued two years ago."

"Airbus' rival Boeing very publicly suffered from a similar time-related problem with its 787 Dreamliner: back in 2015 a memory overflow bug was discovered that caused the 787's generators to shut themselves down after 248 days of continual power-on operation. A software counter in the generators' firmware, it was found, would overflow after that precise length of time"
TheRegister  aviation  programming  Airbus  Boeing  software 
july 2019 by pierredv
Russia denies role in Israeli airport GPS jamming - BBC News | RNTF
Blog Editor’s Note: Interesting follow-on report below from the BBC. Now we know it is spoofing vice jamming. Some of our thoughts:

The below article posits that this could be a spill over from Russian operations next door in Syria. Quite possible. It is the most likely explanation. At the same time, much of Russian operations in Syria involve “smart jamming,” or transmitting what seem to be valid GPS signals but with information that does not allow a receiver to calculate a position. According to the BBC, Israeli pilots have been reporting their receivers showing incorrect positions. This is not something you would see with smart jamming.
Russia is not the only actor in the region capable of spoofing. Virtually any nation or extra-governmental [OK, terrorist] organization would be capable of pulling this off.
It is also interesting to note that many of the approaches to the Tel Aviv airport are over the water. The interfering signal may be from a boat, a small buoy, or even a sub-surface device with only a small antenna showing above the water. Any of these would be very difficult to locate.
BBC  RNTF  Russia  Israel  aviation  GPS  spoofing 
june 2019 by pierredv
The State of Airline Safety: Federal Oversight of Commercial Aviation - Hearings - U.S. Senate Committee On Commerce, Science, & Transportation, Mar 2019
"... a hearing titled, “The State of Airline Safety: Federal Oversight of Commercial Aviation,” at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. In light of the recent tragedy in Ethiopia and the subsequent grounding of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft, this hearing will examine challenges to the state of commercial aviation safety, including any specific concerns highlighted by recent accidents."
hearings  US-Senate  aviation  Boeing 
may 2019 by pierredv
The radio navigation planes use to land safely is insecure and can be hacked | Ars Technica May 2019
Radios that sell for $600 can spoof signals planes use to find runways.

"Like many technologies built in earlier decades, the ILS was never designed to be secure from hacking. Radio signals, for instance, aren’t encrypted or authenticated. Instead, pilots simply assume that the tones their radio-based navigation systems receive on a runway’s publicly assigned frequency are legitimate signals broadcast by the airport operator. This lack of security hasn’t been much of a concern over the years, largely because the cost and difficulty of spoofing malicious radio signals made attacks infeasible.

Now, researchers have devised a low-cost hack that raises questions about the security of ILS, which is used at virtually every civilian airport throughout the industrialized world. Using a $600 software defined radio, the researchers can spoof airport signals in a way that causes a pilot’s navigation instruments to falsely indicate a plane is off course. "

"... all are careful to note that this kind of spoofing isn't likely to cause a plane to crash in most cases. ILS malfunctions are a known threat to aviation safety, and experienced pilots receive extensive training in how to react to them"
aviation  spoofing  cyber-spectrum  ArsTechnica  ILS 
may 2019 by pierredv
How a 50-year-old design came back to haunt Boeing with its troubled 737 Max jet - Los Angeles Times Mar 2019
"That low-to-the-ground design was a plus in 1968, but it has proved to be a constraint that engineers modernizing the 737 have had to work around ever since. The compromises required to push forward a more fuel-efficient version of the plane — with larger engines and altered aerodynamics — led to the complex flight control software system that is now under investigation in two fatal crashes over the last five months."

"The crisis comes after 50 years of remarkable success in making the 737 a profitable workhorse. Today, the aerospace giant has a massive backlog of more than 4,700 orders for the jetliner and its sales account for nearly a third of Boeing’s profit."

"The crisis comes after 50 years of remarkable success in making the 737 a profitable workhorse. Today, the aerospace giant has a massive backlog of more than 4,700 orders for the jetliner and its sales account for nearly a third of Boeing’s profit. But the decision to continue modernizing the jet, rather than starting at some point with a clean design, resulted in engineering challenges that created unforeseen risks."

"Over the years, the FAA has implemented new and tougher design requirements, but a derivative gets many of the designs grandfathered in, . . ."

"If the results of the investigation do not undermine the fundamental design of the aircraft, then the 737 Max’s future may not be in peril, aviation experts said. It may turn out all that’s needed is a software fix or additional pilot training."
LATimes  aviation  design  Boeing 
march 2019 by pierredv
Sorry LEOs, but FPAs Have No Incentive to Go Low-Cost - NSR Dec 2018
"According to NSR’s Commercial Satellite Ground Segment, 3rd Edition report, antennas will generate $44.9 billion cumulative revenues in the next 10 years. Requirements are wide and varied, from low-cost, fixed parabolic dishes for DTH (can be as cheap as $10 USD), to highly sophisticated antennas for mobility or Earth Stations that can cost several $100k USD. Consequently, antenna vendors adapt their products to the most lucrative markets. LEO constellations have a particular set of requirements that favor FPAs, especially in the low-end markets, but are FPA incentives aligned with LEO Constellations?"

"Today, SAC in Consumer Broadband is around $700-1,000 USD where the modem might be in the $300 range, antenna itself around $50, installation contributing $100 and the rest being marketing, credit validation and others. Consequently, an FPA priced in the $200-300 range could compete with traditional parabolics considering lower installation and marketing costs (product placement). Even considering these factors, prices for FPAs are still far from this benchmark, and only the architectures that have no other option (LEOs, Aero) will choose FPAs in the short to medium term."

"It will be impossible to see FPAs beating low-end parabolics in a direct cost comparison but, when including other elements of SAC, the equation is not so unfavorable. With continuous technology development, greater traction from LEOs and stagnation in verticals like Aero, we could see consumer-grade FPAs by the mid-2020s, at the earliest."
NSR  antennas  LEO  business  satellite  broadband  aviation 
december 2018 by pierredv
RAIM SAPT — Getting Started - FAA
Welcome to the web site for the Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (RAIM) Service Availability Prediction Tool (SAPT).

This website offers a Grid Display Tool and Summary Displays which can be used to graphically view RAIM outage predictions for specific equipment configurations.
FAA  RAIM  receiver  prediction  aviation  GPS 
october 2018 by pierredv
WestJet Exec on the Evolving Cybersecurity Threats - Via Satellite - Sep 2018
"... recent research from Cybersecurity Ventures estimated that revenues from cyber crime have now reached $1.5 trillion. Smibert also gave a recent example of a cryptocurrency investor who had $24 million in a single theft drained out of their account. “Our friends at IATA say that the annual global revenues for the airline industry is $754 billion,” Smibert said. “The cyber crime industry is double of the airline industry. " "

"Smibert cautioned companies in the aerospace sector who believe they are unlikely to be targeted by hackers. “A lot of organizations make the mistake that they don’t have anything of value for hackers,” he said"
ViaSatellite  cybersecurity  aviation 
september 2018 by pierredv
The Seattle Plane Crash: Lessons and Questions - The Atlantic Aug 2018
"Thus sane approaches to security have been careful to set the goal of reducing risks, rather than eliminating them. "
TheAtlantic  aviation  security  risk  James-Fallows 
august 2018 by pierredv
FAA Mulls Recommendations For Planned GPS Interference | Aviation Week Aug 2018
"The FAA says it is studying the recommendations a special committee issued earlier this year to better notify aircraft operators of planned GPS signal interference events caused by Defense Department testing."

"Loss of GPS in an aircraft equipped to report its position by automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) “Out,” a capability the FAA requires by 2020, causes that aircraft to be lost as a target for onboard ADS-B “In” systems, affects aircraft depending on satellite-based augmentation systems for precision approaches and presents a problem for the FAA’s strategy to decommission some secondary surveillance radars (SSR) as ADS-B becomes its primary means of surveillance. The FAA is considering decommissioning 80% of terminal radars as ADS-B equipage by aircraft operators increases, the TOC says."

"In May 2017, the FAA asked the TOC, a committee managed by standards organization RTCA, to provide recommendations on improving practices related to “intentional” GPS interference caused by military testing events. The committee did not consider other sources of GPS interference such as solar weather, illegal jamming or signal spoofing."
AviationWeek  FAA  DoD  GPS  aviation  air-traffic-control 
august 2018 by pierredv
FAA to Hold First Drone Advisory Meeting Since Recharter, Chairman Resignation - Avionics, Jul 2018
"The FAA Drone Advisory Committee will host its first meeting since rechartering Tuesday at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California. In mid-June, the FAA's advisory committee that provides advice on key unmanned aircraft system (UAS) integration issues was reestablished with a designated federal officer providing administrative support. The meeting comes after the group has faced a leadership shakeup and lawsuit."

"n the committee's new charter order, FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell said meeting records and minutes will be available to the public subject to the Freedom of Information Act. Historically, while the main committee meetings had been open to the public, task group meetings were not."
Avionics  aviation  UAS  drones  FACA 
july 2018 by pierredv
Airlines to Take IFC Controls - Northern Sky Research Jul 2018
"NSR forecasts in its Aeronautical Satcom Markets, 6th Edition that the total satellite connectivity opportunity for IFC will reach $4.7 B in retail revenues annually by 2027 and most of it, roughly $3.8 B, will be generated from commercial passenger markets"

"To ‘share the load’ of IFC, airlines are taking more control over the interface where passengers (and sometimes 3rd party third-party payers in the hybrid model) are increasingly tapped to generate revenues. As service providers look to retreat from the expenses of paying for IFC in order to become more profitable, it is likely that the burden of costs will shift to airlines. "
NSR  satellite  market-research  broadband  IFC  aviation 
july 2018 by pierredv
Orlando Airport Becomes 1st In US To Require Face Scan Of All Int’l Travelers – Talking Points Memo
The expected announcement Thursday at Orlando International Airport alarms some privacy advocates who say there are no formal rules in place for handling data gleaned from the scans, nor formal guidelines on what should happen if a passenger is wrongly prevented from boarding.
TPM  aviation  surveillance  facial-recognition  privacy 
july 2018 by pierredv
July 2018 - Evolutionary Antenna Tech Inspires the Future of Satellite Constellations | Via Satellite June 2018
"Following seven years of development, Phasor’s electronically steered antennas began testing in commercial use cases this year. These antennas are barely 2.5 centimeters thick, and are designed to be conformal in order to look at a wider angle 180 degrees, with dual-beam technology making them LEO and GEO interoperable."

"LeoSat, for example, sees itself as a disruptor in the defense market — which has traditionally relied upon GEO systems."

"By their own admission, Phasor will never be at the bottom of the food chain. And, while the super yachts of the world number in the thousands, fishing boats number in the millions"

"Isotropic Systems aims to be one of the leaders working to connect smaller maritime vessels and flight routes in India, Africa and Latin America. One way to achieve that, they believe, is by reducing the price point of terminal systems by 70 to 90 percent."
satellite  antennas  C-Com  Phasor  LEO  GEO  AvL  LeoSat  ThinKom  aviation  maritime  IsotropicSystems 
june 2018 by pierredv
IFC Going the Wrong Way? - Northern Sky Research
"... since the seminal contract to Panasonic to install connectivity on Lufthansa’s wide-body airframes in 2010, more than 3,000 commercial aircraft on 40 different airlines have installed Ku-band satellite connectivity. And these have generated roughly $1.7 B in retail revenues since the first year it was online (2012)."
NSR  aviation  IFC  broadband  satellite  business 
june 2018 by pierredv
Stray drones at Dubai International prove costly | CNN Travel, June 2018
the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) has implemented Skytrax, a system that monitors domestically registered drones to prevent shutdowns.
CNN  drones  UAS  aviation 
june 2018 by pierredv
NextGen Reality Check: Problems Persist As FAA Installs Framework | Aviation Week, May 2018
"The infrastructure piece of the FAA’s NextGen air traffic control (ATC) modernization is “nearly complete,” Acting Assistant Administrator Pamela Whitley told an Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Other speakers described a U.S. national airspace system that has ongoing traffic-flow and congestion problems."

"Deployment of the nationwide ground infrastructure for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) is complete. DataComm, a capability that enables controllers and pilots to communicate by text messages, is operational at 57 airport towers; it now is being deployed to en route centers. SWIM (system-wide information management)—a data-sharing backbone the FAA uses to make flight, traffic flow, weather and other information available to subscribers—continues to add services, Whitley notes."
AviationWeek  FAA  ATC  aviation  ADS-B 
may 2018 by pierredv
Global Eagle to collaborate on Telesat LEO constellation - SpaceNews.com May 2018
"Inflight connectivity provider Global Eagle will help Telesat design and test the operator’s low Earth orbit satellite constellation, the companies announced May 15."

"Passenger desires for internet access on aircraft and at sea have driven demand for high-throughput satellite (HTS) services to the point that some service providers have teamed with satellite operators to help design their spacecraft. Panasonic Avionics, a competitor to Global Eagle in both aviation and maritime, co-designed HTS payloads on Intelsat-29e, SES-15 and Intelsat-33e before leasing capacity on the satellites. In March, Panasonic said it co-designed the Apstar-6D satellite that APT Mobile Satcom Limited ordered from China Great Wall Industry Corp. and will lease some of its capacity for mobile internet service over China and the surrounding region. "
SpaceNews  Telesat  HTS  ESIM  aviation  broadband 
may 2018 by pierredv
Iridium celebrates latest satellite launch as part of major tech upgrade in space | FierceWireless Apr 2018
When finished later this year, the $3 billion next-generation satellite network will consist of 75 Iridium Next satellites in orbit; it now has 50. Iridium’s Next system will provide global coverage for its Certus L-band broadband service and support Aireon’s aircraft surveillance and tracking—supporting real-time flight tracking for better efficiencies for airlines looking to cut fuel costs and plan more effective routes.

Last week, Iridium also announced a major milestone as it surpassed 1 million active subscribers, fueled in large part by growth in IoT.
FierceWireless  Iridium  IoT  satellite  aviation 
april 2018 by pierredv
Biometric facial recognition boarding changing airport experience | Aviation Week, Feb 2018
The biometric facial recognition trial at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) has proven so successful and popular that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is actively exploring how widely facial recognition can be used at airports, a senior CBP official said.
AviationWeek  biometrics  surveillance  identification  aviation  travel 
february 2018 by pierredv
Will supersonic air travel's return be another white elephant? | New Scientist - issue 3159, Jan 2018
" SpaceX said its BFR rocket – ostensibly for Mars and moon missions – could provide anywhere-on-Earth, city-to-city transport in under an hour. And Virgin Galactic, focused on suborbital tourist trips with its rocket plane, also has city-to-city travel on its radar. So a supersonic future is a done deal? One barrier to a spaceplane route is that the US may deem landing a rocket abroad as breaching a ban on exporting this technology."
NewScientist  aviation  space  regulations  SpaceX  VirginGalactic 
february 2018 by pierredv
On Perception and Reality in Wireless Air Traffic Communication Security - IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems ( Volume: 18, Issue: 6, June 2017 )
Via Dale Hatfield

Abstract:
More than a dozen wireless technologies are used by air traffic communication systems during different flight phases. From a conceptual perspective, all of them are insecure, as security was never part of their design. Recent contributions from academic and hacking communities have exploited this inherent vulnerability to demonstrate attacks on some of these technologies. However, not all of these contributions have resonated widely within aviation circles. At the same time, the security community lacks certain aviation domain knowledge, preventing aviation authorities from giving credence to their findings. In this survey, we aim to reconcile the view of the security community and the perspective of aviation professionals concerning the safety of air traffic communication technologies. To achieve this, we first provide a systematization of the applications of wireless technologies upon which civil aviation relies. Based on these applications, we comprehensively analyze vulnerabilities and existing attacks. We further survey the existing research on countermeasures and categorize it into approaches that are applicable in the short term and research of secure new technologies deployable in the long term. Since not all of the required aviation knowledge is codified in academic publications, we additionally examine the existing aviation standards and survey 242 international aviation experts. Besides their domain knowledge, we also analyze the awareness of members of the aviation community concerning the security of wireless systems and collect their expert opinions on the potential impact of concrete attack scenarios using these technologies.
IEEE  aviation  cybersecurity 
january 2018 by pierredv
ADS-B Out ‘Non-Complying Emitters’ Occupy FAA | Commercial Aviation content from Aviation Week
"Two years out from its 2020 mandate to equip for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast “Out” (ADS-B Out) position reporting, the FAA is grappling with a significant number of avionics that were installed improperly. And aircraft operators are lagging in equipping for the requirement, presaging a rush on repair stations as the mandate nears."

"By Jan. 1, 2020, aircraft flying above 18,000 ft. or internationally must be equipped with GPS and Mode S Extended Squitter (1,090 MHz) transponders and lower-flying airplanes in domestic airspace must have GPS and 978 MHz universal access transceivers to regularly broadcast their position—the function called ADS-B Out. Thus far, the FAA has not mandated ADS-B In, the ability to display air traffic on the flight deck, which requires costly software and display modifications."

"In response to a petition by trade group Airlines for America on behalf of its member carriers, the FAA in August 2015 issued Exemption 12555, which allows airlines to operate through 2024 using GPS receivers that do not meet required navigation accuracy and integrity performance standards. But they still must install Version 2 ADS-B Out transponders by the 2020 deadline. "
AviationWeek  ADS-B  aviation  air-traffic-control  location  GPS 
december 2017 by pierredv
Aerospace Cybersecurity Challenges Need To Be Identified, Addressed | Connected Aerospace content from Aviation Week
via Dale Hatfield

"The situation illustrates the level of reliance that integral parts of the aviation ecosystem are placing on network connectivity, and the importance of ensuring those networks are both reliable and secure as the industry’s digitalization gains momentum."

"Aviation’s emphasis on systems safety through risk identification and mitigation is well-established."

Pete Cooper, Atlantic Council senior fellow: “Previously, aviation systems were relatively secure due to the bespoke nature of their design, isolation from other systems, and little in the way of communication protocols.”

"Among the [Atlantic Council] study’s key takeaways: Aviation’s march toward an increasingly digital future is opening it up to significant cybersecurity threats, and the industry must move purposefully and quickly to ensure that systemic challenges do not increase an already formidable risk."

"But the consensus among cybersecurity experts and aviation IT specialists is that, while secure systems are the goal, breaches are inevitable. That places the onus on recovery."
AviationWeek  aviation  cybersecurity  risk-assessment  risk-management  AtlanticCouncil 
november 2017 by pierredv
November/December 2017 - Inmarsat CEO and the $1 Billion Target | Via Satellite Nov 2017
"Can Inmarsat create a $1 billion dollar revenue stream in aviation? Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce is confident the company can do this in around 10 years’ time. It is an ambitious projection, but recent deals with the likes of Qatar Airways and Avianca underline there is still huge potential in this business for Inmarsat and others."

"But aviation is more than just In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) for Inmarsat. The company has three other aviation businesses — government, business and general aviation — and its safety business. What matters to Inmarsat in the medium term is free cash flow generation, meaning that gross margin, net profit margin and capital expenditure levels are vital to the trajectory of its business."

IOT: “The utility for satellite is that you can put connectivity through a very small device on your car or on your train and the applications are many and various. For trains, you are looking at next generation signaling, safety management and operation of the cargo. For cars, you are looking at Over-the-Air (OTA) updates to patch software and protect the vehicle,” he says. “You are also looking at a new era of telematics and treating cars as a large community that you can track and draw situational awareness from.”
ViaSatellite  aviation  broadband  Inmarsat  In-Flight-Connectivity  IFC  IoT 
november 2017 by pierredv
How can airlines stop hackers pwning planes over the air? And don't say 'regular patches' • The Register
Via Dale Hatfield

See discussion thread: https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2017/11/15/airplanes_vulnerable_rf_hacking/

"A plane was compromised as it sat on the tarmac at a New Jersey airport by a team of boffins from the worlds of government, industry and academia, we're told. During the hack – the details of which are classified – experts accessed systems on the Boeing 757 via radio-frequency communications."

"A couple of years ago, security researcher Chris Roberts was accused of hacking into the controls of a United Airlines plane in midair via the inflight entertainment system. Roberts tweeted about airplane network security during the flight to Syracuse, New York. He was questioned on arrival by the Feds. However, there is no evidence he accessed flight control systems, and no charges were ever brought.

In 2014, Brad Haines poked air traffic control and ADS-B security, and found various threats to installations."

"Recently designed commercial aircraft – such as Boeing’s 787 and the Airbus Group A350 – were drafted with computer security in mind, we're told, but resisting or preventing cyber-attacks were not on the design criteria list for older aircraft, which still make up the vast majority of airline fleets."
aviation  cybersecurity  TheRegister  exploits  vulnerability  ADS-B  discussion 
november 2017 by pierredv
High-Altitude Platforms — Present Situation and Technology Trends, J. Aerosp. Technol. Manag. vol.8 no.3 , Jul/Sep 2016
ABSTRACT

High-altitude platforms (HAPs) are aircraft, usually unmanned airships or airplanes positioned above 20 km, in the stratosphere, in order to compose a telecommunications network or perform remote sensing. In the 1990 and 2000 decades, several projects were launched, but very few had continued. In 2014, 2 major Internet companies (Google and Facebook) announced investments in new HAP projects to provide Internet access in regions without communication infrastructure (terrestrial or satellite), bringing back attention to the development of HAP. This article aims to survey the history of HAPs, the current state-of-the-art (April 2016), technology trends and challenges. The main focus of this review will be on technologies directly related to the aerial platform, inserted in the aeronautical engineering field of knowledge, not detailing aspects of the telecommunications area.
HAPS  HALE  aviation  history 
november 2017 by pierredv
Inmarsat On Track With EAN Roll-Out, Despite Challenges | Aviation Week Oct 2017
"Inmarsat still expects the European Aviation Network (EAN) to be operational by the end of the year, despite an attempt by rival satellite operators to block it. "

"Inmarsat and telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom are developing the broadband offering, which uses both satellite and Long-Term Evolution (LTE)-based ground networks to provide high-speed inflight internet over Europe. International Airlines Group (IAG) became the launch customer for the service in March, and has indicated plans to equip more than 300 of its airlines’ aircraft to use it."

"But two other satellite companies are asking regulators to stop the EAN roll-out, claiming Inmarsat is misusing its grant of 2GHz spectrum by primarily deploying an air-to-ground network.
California-based ViaSat filed a complaint against the European Commission (EC) in April, which Eutelsat joined in July. The two companies have a partnership to offer broadband services in the European market."
AviationWeek  Inmarsat  DeutscheTelekom  LTE  aviation  broadband  ViaSat  Eutelsat 
october 2017 by pierredv
The Rise Of Two Brothers: The Slatterys’ Careers In Aerospace | Commercial Aviation content from Aviation Week
Few people ever make it to the top of large corporations; it is even less common to see two brothers rise to the top in the same industry. The Slattery brothers did: John is now president and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aircraft—the first non-Brazilian to run the company’s commercial aircraft business—and many predict he will one day also be the first non-Brazilian to run Embraer as a whole. Domhnal is the CEO of Avolon, which is well on its way to becoming the world’s largest aircraft lessor just seven years after he founded the company. Both are still relatively young CEOs: Domhnal turned 50 recently, and John is 48. They will have many more years in the industry, if they wish.
AviationWeek  stories  biography  people  aviation 
october 2017 by pierredv
ANALYSIS: Administration's sloppy ATC rhetoric hurts chance for reform | Opinions content from ATWOnline, Sep 2017
"The ATC entity would be independent, like the US Postal Service (certainly no one’s idea of a private corporation), and be removed from the federal government’s annual appropriations process. That way, it could make large investments in modernization that may not necessarily pay off immediately, but would generate huge benefits down the line. And it could make course corrections along the way as technology evolved and changed without cumbersome legislative alternations. It is not turning ATC over to a private, for-profit corporation. And FAA would become the regulator of the ATC entity and no longer be in the odd position of regulating itself managing ATC. This is basically how ATC works in most of the industrialized world."

"There are two main groups opposed to spinning off ATC from FAA: 1) good-government liberals who are against “privatizing” what they see as key government functions and 2) the general aviation community, given voice by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)."
AviationWeek  opinion  FAA  ATC  aviation 
september 2017 by pierredv
How to Track Government Aircraft 200 Miles Away with a Raspberry Pi « Null Byte :: WonderHowTo
Aircraft equipped with ADS-B are constantly shouting their location into the radio void, along with other useful unauthenticated and unencrypted data. In this guide, we will make an ADS-B receiver using a Raspberry Pi with a software-defined radio (SDR) dongle, which we can use to track aircraft anywhere in real time.
RaspberryPi  ADS-B  SDR  howto  aviation 
september 2017 by pierredv
aerodynamics - Will wind tunnel modelling ever be completely replaced by computer models? - Aviation Stack Exchange, Jun 2015
"With computer-based fluid simulation already being extremely realistic (and likely faster and cheaper than physical wind tunnels), are they, anywhere, completely replacing physical wind tunnels? If not, is this planned anywhere, or even possible?"

"Current situation is that wind tunnel has been replaced by numerical simulation in the area where turbulence modelling is not highly demanded by accuracy demands or physics complexity.

However, for being able to model some part of the physics the industry can only go hardware testing (wind tunnel)."
aerodynamics  mirror-worlds  StackExchange  aviation 
august 2017 by pierredv
New Dual-band Ku/Ka Terminal Enables In-flight Network Switching Across Commercial Ku- and Ka-band Satellite Networks | ViaSat
"In-flight network switching between commercial Ku- and Ka-band satellites has been successfully demonstrated by ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), using its innovative dual-band terminal and a new radome. The test flights, conducted in July and August on a commercial 757-200 aircraft, demonstrated the state of the art in broadband enroute communications with the aircraft transitioning among multiple satellite beams from six satellites and three Ku- and Ka-band networks."

"Over the past year, ViaSat Exede® in-flight internet has enabled broadband satcom communications on 200 commercial aircraft operating over the ViaSat high-capacity Ka-band satellite network in North America. "
satellite  Ka-band  Ku-band  broadband  aviation  ViaSat  in-flight  press-release 
august 2017 by pierredv
Pilotless Commercial Aircraft? Follow the Money | Aviation Week, Aug 2016
"The flying public may not be so interested in it—yet—but pilotless commercial airplanes could be a boon to the aerospace industry and some financial analysts see a natural evolution in that direction coming.

“Meaningful savings can be generated via mission optimization, greater predictability and reduced flight crew and training costs,” a new report from UBS aerospace, airlines and logistics sector analysts."

"Technically, remotely controlled aircraft for carrying passengers and cargo could appear by around 2025, UBS surmised. But analysts admit it would take heavy lifting in rewriting regulations, and an even greater turn in consumer sentiment."
AviationWeek  aviation  UBS 
august 2017 by pierredv
[pdf] UTM: Air Traffic Management for Low-Altitude Drones - NASA
"NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., with
its extensive experience in autonomous systems and air
traffic management, is leading the UTM research in close
collaboration with NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in
Edwards, Calif.; NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland;
and NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Ames
has a history of conducting research in autonomy-related
topics, and is experienced at developing systems that can
adapt their behavior to environments that are complex, rapidly
changing and incompletely understood"

"NASA’s development and demonstration of technologies for a
possible future UTM system take place during four Technology
Capability Level (TCL) activities"
UTM  UAS  drones  traffic  traffic-management  aviation  factsheet 
june 2017 by pierredv
The 4G threat: future-proofing the UK radar network - Airport Technology
"... a critical upgrade project undertaken by NATS, the UK's leading supplier of air traffic control (ATC) services, has quietly slipped under many people's radar.

The organisation, which provides ATC solutions to 15 UK airports, including Heathrow and Gatwick, and all en-route air traffic, has become the first operator to proof its radar systems against interference from the 4G network."

"NATS' solution to the problem involves upgrading its existing radars with filters that suppress the electrical waves generated by 4G network frequencies. "
UK  ATC  aviation  interference  Ofcom  NATS 
may 2017 by pierredv
Inmarsat’s Ka-Band Satcom Paradigm Shift | EBACE 2017 content from Aviation Week, May 2017
"Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX Ka-band satcom service is soaring, with this week’s announcements by Bombardier, Dassault and Embraer about equipping their aircraft with the high-speed satcom systems. Suddenly, L-Band and Ku-band hardware seem passé. Jet ConneX typically provides 15 Mbps download speeds for business aircraft, with others providing a mere 6 Mbps or even just 1."

"Inmarsat has three fifth-generation I-5 satcom satellites parked over Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Ocean regions. Each provide 89 spot beams, providing global satcom coverage up to 82-deg. latitude. A fourth, recently launched I-5 is being positioned to boost capacity even further. Inmarsat plans to launch two additional Ka-band-capable satellites in the early 2020s to add even more capability."
AviationWeek  Inmarsat  HTS  satellite  aviation  broadband  Ka-band 
may 2017 by pierredv
Grudges and kludges: Too much federal regulation has piled up in America | The Economist March 2017
"Regulation can also impede innovation in ways that are hard to foresee. In 1973 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), worried about loud sonic booms, banned civil aircraft from flying at supersonic speeds above America. But planes are now lighter, more aerodynamic, and contain more efficient engines, explains Eli Dourado of Mercatus. That makes them quieter. With start-ups trying to build commercially viable supersonic jets, Mr Dourado thinks the FAA should replace the ban with a maximum permissible noise level. "
US  regulation  TheEconomist  aviation 
march 2017 by pierredv
Microsoft files for STA to test airborne Wi-Fi router for 2.4 GHz channel modeling | FierceWireless - Nov 2016
In an application for Special Temporary Authority (STA) filed with the FCC this week, Microsoft explained that STA is required for airborne operation of a Wi-Fi router attached to the exterior of a general aviation aircraft.

... the "testing will examine various techniques that might minimize the potential for the air-to-ground link to disrupt Wi-Fi communications on the ground in the area surrounding the ground station,"
Microsoft  Wi-Fi  aviation  2.4GHz 
november 2016 by pierredv
Melbourne man arrested for broadcasting fake messages to pilots • The Register
Australian Federal Police (AFP) confirmed to Vulture South Sant is not alleged to have "hacked" any aviation system, contrary to reports, but merely used broadcasting equipment to make transmissions to pilots in contravention of aviation security laws.
TheRegister  aviation  hacking  spoofing 
november 2016 by pierredv
[1610.06754] A Localization Approach for Crowdsourced Air Traffic Communication Networks
In this work, we argue that current state-of-the-art methods of aircraft localization such as multilateration are insufficient, in particular for modern crowdsourced air traffic networks with random, unplanned deployment geometry. We propose an alternative, a grid-based localization approach using the k-Nearest Neighbor algorithm, to deal with the identified shortcomings. Our proposal does not require any changes to the existing air traffic protocols and transmitters, and is easily implemented using only low-cost, commercial-off-the-shelf hardware.
Arxiv  crowdsourcing  aviation  navigation 
october 2016 by pierredv
FAA issues GPS interference flight advisory : GPS World June 2016
[[Editor’s note: After this story was posted, and after the Navigate! enewsletter containing it was sent out to 27,128 subscribers, GPS World received notice that in fact the U.S. Navy canceled plans to jam GPS signals in the vicinity of the China Lake, California, Naval Air Weapons Station. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) had raised concerns about the impact on civilian air traffic and the size of the affected area. The Navy did not reveal the cause of the cancellation, other than to say the reason was “internal.”]]
GPS  NOTAM  aviation  FAA  interference 
september 2016 by pierredv
GPS Interference Notam For Southwest - AVweb flash Article - June 2016
"A Notam (PDF) is warning operators of “all aircraft relying on GPS” of widespread GPS outages starting Tuesday throughout the Southwest and especially southern California. Although the FAA doesn’t go into detail, it seems the military is testing something that can disrupt GPS over a huge area, centered on China Lake, California, home of the Navy’s China Lake Naval Weapons Center. "
"Operators of Embraer Phenom 300 business jets are being urged to avoid the area entirely. “Due to GPS Interference impacts potentially affecting Embraer 300 aircraft flight stability controls, FAA recommends EMB Phenom pilots avoid the … testing area and closely monitor flight control systems,” the Notam reads."
GPS  NOTAM  outages  aviation 
september 2016 by pierredv
How to Report Interference
"If you are experiencing interference on your ASRI licensed frequency, it is important to report it to ASRI as soon as possible by submitting a Ground Station Interference Report."
interference  aviation  notification  spectrum-monitoring 
june 2016 by pierredv
ASRS - Aviation Safety Reporting System
"ASRS captures confidential reports, analyzes the resulting aviation safety data, and disseminates vital information to the aviation community."
safety  enforcement  NASA  aviation  reporting  spectrum-monitoring 
june 2016 by pierredv
Anti-drone system for airports passes tests : GPS World Feb 2016
"Each month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) receives more than 100 reports from pilots and others who spot what appears to be an unmanned aircraft (UAS) flying close to an airport or a manned airplane. It’s become a serious safety concern for the agency, and a potential security issue for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In addition to the FAA’s ongoing outreach and education efforts, an additional step toward a solution is to detect and identify these “rogue drones” and their operators. Recently, the FAA partnered with DHS and CACI International to explore how the company’s prototype detection technology may help detect UAS in the vicinity of airports."
GPSWorld  drones  aviation  airports  FAA  DHS 
february 2016 by pierredv
'Laser incident' forces plane back to London - CNN.com Feb 2016
" "laser incident" forced a pilot to turn around a flight from London to New York, Virgin Atlantic Airlines said."
CNN  aviation  hazard  risk 
february 2016 by pierredv
When U.S. air force discovered the flaw of averages | Toronto Star
"In the early 1950s, a young lieutenant realized the fatal flaw in the cockpit design of U.S. air force jets. Todd Rose explains in an excerpt from his book, The End of Average."
averages  statistics  aviation 
february 2016 by pierredv
7 mind slips that cause catastrophe – and how we can avoid them = New Scientist
confirmation bias; fixation error; primal freeze; outcome bias; group think; default mode; tech clash
NewScientist  bias  decisionmaking  fear  medicine  aviation 
october 2015 by pierredv
WRC-15 set to approve wireless avionics in 4.2-4.4 GHz band - PolicyTracker Sep 2015
"The band currently has a primary allocation to the Radio Navigation service, and is used for radio altimeters." "Wireless avionics intra-communication (WAIC) systems are intended to provide more wireless communications in aircraft to supplement or replace systems that are currently dependent on wires. One advantage of these is the creation of additional safety lines of communications in case the wired systems fail, known as dissimilar redundancy. Perhaps the biggest advantage of these systems is that they can substantially reduce the weight of aircraft. PolicyTracker understands that around a third of wires can be replaced through wireless avionics. The impact of this on airlines’ fuel bills could be significant. For example, in the Airbus A380 super-sized jet, the wires weigh 5700 kg and stretch for 470 km. "
PolicyTracker  WRC-15  aviation  avionics  spectrum  wireless 
september 2015 by pierredv
In-flight Wi-Fi could potentially open up avionics controls to hackers - RCR Wireless April 2015
“The U.S. Government Accountability Office on April 14 released a report detailing the potential for in-flight Wi-Fi networks to be compromised by cyber attacks.” “Wired reports that particular safety concerns are associated with Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350 and A380 models. From that report, those models “have Wi-Fi passenger networks that use the same network as the avionics systems of the planes, raising the possibility that a hacker could hijack the navigation system or commandeer the plane through the in-plane network.” While the passenger portion of the network is separated from the avionics side, that configuration isn’t foolproof.”
Wi-Fi  aviation  RCRWireless 
april 2015 by pierredv
Why Is America Dotted with Giant, Concrete Arrows? - CityLab
"These old air-mail beacons are visible all over the land (if you know where to look)."
aviation  mapping  navigation  US 
february 2015 by pierredv
Qualcomm, Gogo continue clash over in-flight spectrum rules - FierceWirelessTech Feb 2015
"It's been years in the making, and Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) continues to urge the FCC to issue a Report and Order establishing the Next Generation Air-Ground service in the 14.0-14.5 GHz band "as soon as possible," according to an FCC filing. There's just one problem: Gogo."
Qualcomm  Gogo  14GHz  air-ground  satellite  aviation  SIA  FierceWireless 
february 2015 by pierredv
Spectrum for drones a key issue for WRC-15 -- PolicyTracker Oct 2014
"As interest in drones ("unmanned aircraft systems" or UAS) continues to grow, one big question is what spectrum could be used for their command and control. WRC-15 will consider whether frequency bands allocated to the fixed satellite service (FSS) are suitable for the control and non-payload communications of drones in commercial airspace."
WRC-15  drones  UAS  FSS  satellite  aviation  ITU  ICAO 
october 2014 by pierredv
Germany blocks use of MSS S-band for in-flight connectivity
Germany seems to be blocking Inmarsat's plans because DT has invested heavily in an alternative "Aero CGC services are a new initiative by Inmarsat to provide in-flight Wi-Fi using a hybrid of satellite and earth stations. Inmarsat wants to be able to roll out these services using the 2 x 15 MHz assignment of pan-European spectrum (1980-2010 MHz and 2170-2200 MHz) it gained following the 2008 EC Decision. " "Direct Air to Ground Communication (DA2GC). PolicyTracker understands that DA2GC is a big programme for Deutsche Telekom. . . . The technology could access the unused “unpaired 2 GHz band”, sold as TDD UMTS bands in Germany's expensive 2000 auction. "
PolicyTracker  air-to-ground  aviation  CGC  ATC  Inmarsat  DeutscheTelekom  COCOM  CEPT  Aero 
september 2014 by pierredv
AT&T: We're using WCS C, D Block spectrum for in-flight Wi-Fi because of interference concerns - FierceWireless Aug 2014
"In a new filing with the FCC, AT&T Mobility (NYSE: T) said that it doesn't believe it can use its WCS C and D Block spectrum for a mobile LTE network because the system would create too much interference with other operations in nearby spectrum bands. As a result, the carrier said it hopes to use the spectrum to provide in-flight Wi-Fi services because pointing the antennas up at the sky would reduce the possibility that the network would interfere with operations in adjacent bands, including Sirius XM radio." "AT&T said it has moved forward with plans to use the WCS A and B Blocks for its mobile LTE network." "The carrier said ground-to-air transmissions should occur over the D Block while air-to-ground services should occur over the C Block."
AT&T  Wi-Fi  aviation  WCS  Sirius  XM  interference  2.3GHz  FierceWireless  Gogo 
august 2014 by pierredv
AI Takes to the Skies - Microsoft Research
"Every airplane in flight can act as a sensor to help estimate large-scale wind conditions."
measurement  sensors  aviation  Microsoft  research  AI  Smartflow  Clearflow  Windflow 
june 2014 by pierredv
Expert Advice: The Low Cost of Protecting America : GPS World
"The U.S. National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Advisory Board published a seminal white paper in 2010 on the topic, strongly recommending the establishment of an eLoran system." "A well-configured eLoran system can provide navigation accuracy to within 8 to 10 meters and timing accuracy to within 30 nanoseconds. This meets the needs of an estimated 95 percent of users in the United States." "There are also signs that the U.S. intelligence, cyber, and defense communities are becoming more and more concerned. North Korea’s repeated jamming of satellite navigation and timing signals has delivered a particularly powerful lesson. South Korea has reacted by committing to establishment of a robust eLoran system. The UK has established an eLoran system and is expanding it. Russia and China have retained their versions "
GPS  GPSWorld  eLoran  navigation  public  private  partnership  jamming  aviation  spoofing  NPEC  DHS  DoD  South  Korea 
february 2014 by pierredv
No Man’s Land | MAKE
Commercial drone operator standing up to the FAA, which is trying to enforce non-binding guidance
aviation  UAS  drones  FAA  law  regulation 
january 2014 by pierredv
Man buys GPS jammer to duck employer, jams his local airport instead - Electronic Products = Aug 2013
New Jersey trucker installed GPS jammer, "Bojczack was tracked down by federal agents and fined $31,875. If that wasn’t bad enough, then he got fired from his job for putting a GPS jammer on his vehicle in the first place."
aviation  jamming  GPS 
august 2013 by pierredv
Project Runway: FCC Authorizes Radar for Detecting Foreign Objects on Airport Runways : CommLawBlog
"78-81 GHz will be available for radiolocation, but for FOD only, and only on a licensed basis.  (In a separate proceeding the FCC will continue to consider whether to authorize unlicensed radar operations for other applications in a number of bands, including this band.)" "Note, though, that a nearby band at 76-77 GHz is authorized for unlicensed FOD radar at respectable power levels. "
aviation  waiver  CommLawBlog  radar  80GHz  FCC  rules  mmWave 
july 2013 by pierredv
Plan to boost in-flight Internet could wreak havoc on satellite networks | Ars Technica
" Federal Communications Commission (FCC) next Thursday will consider a plan to beam Internet signals up to airplanes from 150 ground stations operating in a spectrum band already used by satellites. Qualcomm has proposed such a service in the 14.0-14.5GHz band but faces opposition from the satellite industry, which says the service is unnecessary and would interfere with satellite transmissions."
aviation  satellite  interference  Qualcomm 
may 2013 by pierredv
DNL sound levels - FAA - 14 CFR 150.7 - Definitions. | Title 14 - Aeronautics and Space | Code of Federal Regulations | LII / Legal Information Institute
"Average sound level means the level, in decibels, of the mean-square, A-weighted sound pressure during a specified period, with reference to the square of the standard reference sound pressure of 20 micropascals." . . . . "Day-night average sound level (DNL) means the 24-hour average sound level, in decibels, for the period from midnight to midnight, obtained after the addition of ten decibels to sound levels for the periods between midnight and 7 a.m., and between 10 p.m., and midnight, local time. The symbol for DNL is Ldn."
aviation  DNL  FAA  statistics  noise 
april 2013 by pierredv
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