Air Transport World

Paying the bill. (US pledge on usage fees for Global Positioning System) (editorial)

Call us cynical, but we probably had company in feeling vaguely uncomfortable when the U.S. government pledged it wouldn't charge international aviation for the use of its Global Positioning System's navigation signals "for a minimum of 10 years" after it becomes operational in 1993.

Certainly, it was a good thing that the Bush administration finally could produce an official statement that GPS would be available to civil aviation after years of near-promises. The international community was pleased and relieved to get official confirmation of the availability of the base system for the next big leap in aviation communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS) technology. Without GPS, the retent Air Navigation Conference in ICAO would have been a useless exercise (see News Briefs, page 9). …

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