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APG Launches NaviGuard: A New GPS Anomaly Detection App Enhancing Aviation Safety
NaviGuard offers a crucial solution to safeguard commercial and business flight operators from spoofing threats. The app detects abnormal GPS readings on iPads and verifies GPS data using radio navigation.
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APG Launches NaviGuard: A New GPS Anomaly Detection App Enhancing Aviation Safety
by Clarence Oxford
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 06, 2024

In response to increasing concerns over GPS spoofing and jamming threats in aviation, APG has unveiled NaviGuard, a novel application aimed at bolstering the safety of commercial and business flight operations. This development comes shortly after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Safety Alert for Operators, urging flight crews to vigilantly monitor onboard equipment and prepare for satellite navigation-independent flying conditions.

NaviGuard emerges as a critical tool in this landscape, offering a solution designed to protect aviation professionals from the dangers of spoofing and jamming by detecting abnormal GPS signals directly on iPads.

NaviGuard's suite of features is tailored to anticipate and navigate the challenges posed by GPS anomalies. The application provides real-time monitoring capabilities, allowing pilots to identify and avoid potential problem areas proactively.

It enables the setting of active alerts for pilots, notifying them of known threats along their flight path and empowering them with the knowledge needed to reroute or continue with an informed awareness of the risks. Additionally, NaviGuard facilitates the verification of in-flight GPS coordinates by mapping them relative to Navigational Aids (NAVAIDs), thereby ensuring the accuracy of location data amidst the potential chaos caused by spoofing or jamming activities.

Shawn Mechelke, President of APG, emphasized the importance of NaviGuard in the current aviation safety climate, stating, "By launching NaviGuard we reinforce our dedication to safe and precise flight planning across the aviation industry.

This innovative software offers peace of mind to pilots and flight operators, assuring that their navigation remains secure and accurate at all times." The iOS stand-alone app is now available for download, providing an accessible solution for flight safety.

Further expanding its utility, APG is integrating NaviGuard technology into other aviation applications, including RocketRoute FlightPlan, enhancing the ecosystem of tools available for flight planning and operation.

This move follows APG's acquisition of RocketRoute in 2021, signaling the company's commitment to advancing aviation technology solutions. Notably, NaviGuard prioritizes user privacy, with assurances that the app does not store or share users' GPS data, aligning with contemporary concerns over data security.

The introduction of NaviGuard marks a significant step forward in addressing the growing challenges of GPS spoofing and jamming in aviation. As these threats evolve, the industry's ability to adapt and implement solutions like NaviGuard will be critical in maintaining the safety and reliability of air travel.

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