- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration warned pilots this week that secretive tests along the West Coast may cause GPS outages throughout June.

An advisory issued June 4 by the FAA highlighted six dates when GPS technology may be lacking. Officials asked pilots to “report anomalies only when [Air Traffic Control] assistance is required.”

The testing, which takes place near the Naval Air Weapons Center at China Lake, California, fall on the following dates between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. PST:

  • June 9
  • June 21
  • June 23
  • June 28
  • June 30

The technology website Gizmodo was unable to glean much information from the U.S. Navy on the experiments.

“We’re aware of the flight advisory,” Deidre Patin, Public Affairs specialist for Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, told the website on Tuesday. “I can’t go into the details of the testing. It’s general testing for our ranges.”

Disruptions are expected to cover a radius of hundreds of miles and aircraft above 50 feet.


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