Figgie subsidiary Interstate Electronics receives FAA certification for GPS flight management system.
WILLOUGHBY, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 22, 1996--Interstate Electronics, a subsidiary of Figgie International (NASDAQ/NMS: FIGIA and FIGI), has received Federal Aviation Administration Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), component of the U.S. Department of Transportation that sets standards for the air-worthiness of all civilian aircraft, inspects and licenses them, and regulates civilian and military air traffic through its air traffic control certification for its GPS (Global Positioning System Global Positioning System: see navigation satellite.
Global Positioning System (GPS)
Precise satellite-based navigation and location system originally developed for U.S. military use. ) flight management system (FMS FMS - Flexible Manufacturing System (factory automation). ). The FAA issued Technical Supplemental Order (TSO) C-129 Class A1, which approves Interstate's GPS flight management system for use in en route, terminal, and non-precision approach navigation.
Sold as the model IEC 9002 FMS, the system is designed for aircraft which are not equipped with an FMS or are equipped with a long-range navigation system which does not meet the demands of current and future airspace standards. The IEC 9002 FMS can be installed in older model aircraft as well as in the newest all-digital cockpits.
According to Keith Howington, director of GPS Marketing, the IEC 9002 FMS can be upgraded to accept data from the Wide Area Augmentation System The Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) is an elevated-accuracy navigation system developed for civil aviation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a division of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). (WAAS) as well as the Local Area Augmentation System The Local Area Augmentation System (LAAS) is an all-weather aircraft landing system based on real-time differential correction of the GPS signal. Local reference receivers send data to a central location at the airport. (LAAS) when they are implemented. These systems will provide even greater navigation accuracies for pilots by relaying position corrections to aircraft via the satellite system.
"With the Omega navigation system OMEGA was the first truly global radio navigation system for aircraft, operated by the United States in cooperation with six partner nations.
OMEGA was originally developed by the United States Navy for military aviation users. scheduled to be decommissioned by the U.S. government beginning in September, 1997, GPS has become the mandated standard for navigation in the future. The IEC 9002 FMS provides aircraft operators an upgrade path to take advantage of future air navigation system The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter.
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Headquartered in Anaheim, California, Interstate Electronics Corporation was an early developer of GPS for the military, providing systems for test and training ranges and smart weapons guidance. In recent years, the company has been making a major investment in adapting the technology to commercial air transport applications. Interstate recorded 1995 revenues of $98.3 million.
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