Do you live in the southeast US and plan to use your GPS any time soon? Well, you're in a bit of bad luck as the FAA has warned that the Department of Defense will be running tests on the GPS system in the southeast. According to the FAA,
GPS testing is scheduled on January 20th through February 11th, 2011 from 0000-0245 UTC daily and February 15th through February 22nd, 2011 from 0000-0245 UTC daily. These tests may not be concurrent so pilots are advised to check NOTAMS frequently for possible changes prior to operating in the area... Several test events will be conducted and will be active for 45 minutes followed by 15 minutes of off time.
While this is fairly annoying information for anyone wanting to use GPS, it is really interesting as well. What might the Department of Defense be testing? Are they trying to increase accuracy? Strain? Hopefully they will tell us what they are testing after the tests are complete. We'll keep you posted.