News

EUROCONTROL revises 2011-2013 forecast

December 28, 2011 0

EUROCONTROL has revised its 2011 to 2013 short term air traffic movements forecast downward, due to recent traffic slow-down and weaker economic conditions. EUROCONTROL said it expects to make further downward revisions in February 2012. […]

Avionics

PBN Go Team visit Germany

December 23, 2011 0

The PBN Go Team visited Germany in early December, hosted by German air navigation service provider Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS). The Global PBN Task Force (TF) was created in 2008 and agreed to the formation of […]

Airports

Complaints rise as LHR flight trial continues

December 23, 2011 0

Central London is suffering a major increase in aircraft noise as Heathrow operator BAA conducts a four month flight pattern trial, according to one London council. Wandsworth Council has received more than 100 reports of […]

News

Kosovo chooses Ricochet recording

December 23, 2011 0

Recording supplier Ricochet AS will start its first installation in Kosovo in January. The contract is awarded through the Albanian company TCN shpk (TCN). The installation at Prishtina International Airport includes a redundant recording solution […]

Navigation

LightSquared hits back with FCC petition

December 22, 2011 0

LightSquared is challenging the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to clarify its right to use its assigned radio spectrum to build a ground-based broadband network. In a petition filed on December 20, the US broadband […]

News

IATA dismay at EU court decision on ETS

December 22, 2011 0

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expressed disappointment at yesterday´s decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) which upheld European Union (EU) plans to include international aviation in the EU emissions […]

News

Researchers cast doubt on Iranian GPS attack on US drone

December 22, 2011 0

Experiments by researchers from ETH Zurich, in Switzerland, and UCI in the United States trying to simulate a Global Positioning System (GPS) attack – similar to the one allegedly used by Iran to capture the RQ-170 warplane – have cast doubt on its feasibility.
The paper called “On the requirements for successful GPS spoofing attacks,” demonstrates that even though it’s perfectly plausible to pull off such a mission, in practice it’s far more difficult.
“According to our experiments, the attacker must ensure that his time offset to the system time is less than 75ns. Any greater offset will cause the GPS receiver to lose lock when the spoofing signal is turned on,” said the researchers.
“A value of 75ns roughly corresponds to a distance of 22.5m, meaning that the attacker must know his distance from the victim with an accuracy of 22.5m (or better)— a higher offset will cause the victim to lose lock due to the signal (chip phase) misalignment.”
Basically, the attacker would have to know precisely, at any given moment, the position of the victim aircraft.
The experts also propose some easy-to-apply countermeasures for which no modifications are necessary to the GPS signal, the satellite infrastructure or the GPS receiver.
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Safety

India mulls duty time limits for controllers

December 22, 2011 0

India is considering duty time limitations for air traffic controllers to better manage stress and fatigue. The average duty hours for the ATCOs currently range between six to eight hours. The new civil aviation minister […]