Military Training may briefly interrupt local GPS signals
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (April 12, 2019) -- The U.S. Air Force will conduct local tests in the coming weeks to evaluate military aviation unit's' ability to operate without global positioning system data during tactical flights. The tests are designed to block GPS signals to the target aircraft operating in training areas east of Marine Cops Outlying Landing Field Atlantic, locate in Down East Carteret County. The tests will vary from day-to-day, and are schedule during the time frames of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 15-19.
The testing is being coordinate with the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard and with other agencies that operate within the test area. Based on the location of the offshore training areas and type of equipment being used, there is a low expectation of negative impacts on ground GPS, such as those used by automobiles and boats. However, in the event of a disruption to those systems, users would likely see a temporary "loss of service" message on their GPS receiver. Aircraft traveling along the Outer Banks between Beaufort, North Carolina, and Cape Hatteras may encounter GPS signal interruption during the test period.
Anyone experiencing critical GPS interruptions during the test periods can call (252) 466-3015 or (252) 466-6203 to report the issue and request a temporary halt to the testing.
Due to construction on Hwy 70, the Slocum Gate will be closing at 9 p.m. on 16, 17, 22, 23, 30 April, and 1-2 May. The gate will reopen at 6 a.m. the following day.