US: The US Federal Aviation Administration’s satellite-based Air Navigation System, developed by Raytheon, marks 10 years of continuous operation in the United States this year. The Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) was officially commissioned by the FAA for public aviation use in July 2003, and since then has continuously transmitted an enhanced and 100% reliable GPS satellite signal that meets air navigation performance requirements for en route, terminal, non-precision approach and precision approach phases of flight.
“WAAS has met or exceeded all of its signal in space requirements for more than a decade without disruption,” said Joseph Paone, director of Raytheon’s Air Traffic Systems. “Pilots are now enjoying all-weather access to thousands of airports.”
With the certification of WAAS, the FAA became the first air navigation service provider in the world to make precision navigation signals via satellite available for aircraft use.
Source: Daily Markets