One of the hottest topics of debates in the GA community is the introduction of LightSquared‘s potential nationwide network of 40,000 cell phone tower repeaters broadcasting a 4G signal. LightSquared promises to bring broadband access to communities outside our nations’ largest urban areas.
There is a catch.
The frequency spectrum that LightSquared has been licensed to use potentially conflicts with GPS receivers making them unreliable. Of course, this is a major problem if you’re using GPS to navigate or fly an approach in the clouds.
The FAA is undergoing a test in New Mexico now, but that hasn’t stopped some prominent names in aviation from already weighing in. Here’s Dave Higdon’s take on the Uncontrolled Airspace blog.