FCC Settles Investigation into Unlicensed GPS Re-Rediator Operations
Friday, September 27, 2019 | Comments

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau entered into a consent decree to resolve its investigation into whether Daytona Aircraft Services out of Daytona Beach, Florida, operated two GPS re-radiators without a license and caused interference to licensee and nearby aircraft at the Daytona Beach Airport.

To settle the matter, Daytona Aircraft admitted that it operated two GPS re-radiators without commission authorization and in a manner that caused harmful interference to other, will implement a compliance plan and will pay a $14,000 civil penalty.

In September 2018, Daytona Aircraft contacted the FCC regarding alleged interference its GPS re-radiators were experiencing in and around Daytona Aircraft’s hangar at the airport. In October 2018, an FCC field agent and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) engineer inspected Daytona Aircraft’s hangar and determined the close proximity of the re-radiators and another licensee’s Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) equipment adversely affected the GPS re-radiators and caused those devices to generate interference in the GPS band.

The FCC field agent also researched the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) Experimental License database and determined that Daytona Aircraft did not have an experimental license to operate the two re-radiators. Daytona was notified that it did not have authorization to operate the re-radiators.

In December 2018, Daytona Aircraft informed the FCC that it had obtained a license for the GPS re-radiators. In July, the field agent returned to the hangar and observed that Daytona Aircraft had relocated its GPS re-radiators approximately 100 feet from the U-NII device. Additional tests did not show any interference from the re-radiators.

The consent decree will protect aviation communications and navigation systems from harmful interference, the FCC said. It is important to protect GPS authorization that are used for authorized navigation and aviation communications from harmful interference. GPS operations are used extensively in aviation for navigation and interference to this service creates a potential public-safety hazard to aviation as well as air and ground-based transportation.

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