Pilots try to ground Harbinger’s LightSquared service
By Britt Erica Tunick
Thu Jul 28, 2011
Opponents say LightSquared’s transmissions would make it nearly impossible for GPS devices to function. “Even at the new transmission levels…it would be like looking for the stars in the noonday sun.”
As Phil Falcone struggles to convince investors that
Harbinger Capital Partners investment in broadband
company LightSquared will ultimately pay off, he is faced with
an unlikely opponent in the Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Association. The AOPA is just one of several organizations that
have been rallying their members and connections to oppose the
interference that implementation of LightSquareds
wireless network could mean for global positioning systems
around the country. The organizations efforts have not
gone without notice.
A nonprofit political organization with membership of more
than 400,000 U.S. general aviation pilots, the AOPA is among
several groups and businesses that would be affected if
LightSquareds network were allowed to go live in its
current formata fact the association has successfully
conveyed with the help of its political action committee. The
AOPA PAC has garnered support from several key members of
Congress who have weighed in on the issue by calling...
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