The reported decision comes after an increase in reports of jamming and spoofing of the US satellite system’s signal
Russia’s national air traffic regulator has asked carriers to prepare to fly their planes without relying on the US satellite navigation tool Global Positioning System (GPS), the Izvestia newspaper reported on Friday.
According to Rosaviatsia’s letter, which was seen by the outlet, he asked domestic airlines to prepare to cope without GPS after a March report from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency ( AESA), which warned of an increase in cases of jamming and impersonation. the system signal after February 24 – the day Russia launched its military offensive in Ukraine.
These have apparently been recorded in areas such as the western enclave of Russia, the Kaliningrad region, the Baltic, eastern Finland, the Black Sea, the eastern Mediterranean, Israel, Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and northern Iran.
The interference led some planes to change course or destination as pilots were unable to make a safe landing without GPS, EASA reportedly said.
According to Rosaviatsia, carriers should assess the risks of GPS malfunctions and provide additional training to its pilots on how to act in such situations. Crews would also have been asked to instantly notify traffic control of any problems with a satellite navigation system.
The agency’s letter should be seen as a recommendation only and does not constitute a ban on the use of GPS by Russian airlines, the document states.
Several Russian carriers, including big ones like Aeroflot and S7, confirmed they received a relevant message from the traffic regulator. However, they insisted they hadn’t had any issues with the GPS in the past two months.
Rosaviatsia later clarified that “Disconnection of GPS or its disruption will not affect flight safety in Russia.”
The GPS signal is not the only source of information on the position of an aircraft at a given moment. Crews can also rely on the plane’s inertial navigation system, as well as ground navigation and landing systems, the agency said.
Last month, Dmitry Rogozin, head of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, warned that Washington may well disconnect the country from GPS as part of draconian sanctions imposed on it over the conflict in Ukraine.
On Friday, Rogozin took to Telegram to offer to switch all of the country’s commercial aircraft from GPS to his Russian counterpart, Glonass.
However, this might be a complicated thing to do as Boeing and Airbus planes, mainly used by carriers in the country, are designed to support GPS technology only.
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