FAA Issues Notice: 5 states, 200 miles to sea, some systems may not work
In a last minute notice to the FAA, the DoD issued a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) that certain systems may not function between September 2, and October 1 due to military activity. TCAS (Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems) and ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcasts) will be down or “spotty” in 5 states and as far out to sea as 200 miles. What “exercise” is that?
Affecting air traffic- what military activity is that?
The notice reads:
Due to military activities, the TCAS and ADS-B surveillance may be unreliable in the airspace over Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, and extending approximately 200 nautical miles offshore, from 1 a.m. EDT (0500z) Sept. 2 until midnight EDT (0459z) on Oct. 1.
Pilots are advised that the traffic alert and TCAS may fail to establish tracks on nearby aircraft and may fail to receive traffic alerts (TA) or resolution advisories (RA). Operators should be aware that tracks may first appear within close proximity to their aircraft, and may immediately go into TA/RA status.
Pilots are advised to maintain an increased visual awareness in this area. If operators believe that an aircraft should have triggered an alert, the incident should be reported to air traffic control as soon as possible.
This is due to a late notice Department of Defense exercise, and NBAA has voiced its concern to the FAA that these sort of significant impact tests need much more notice to operators in the NAS.
The systems described are anti-collision systems. What will the military be doing off the East coast that could affect the anti-collision systems of aircraft?
A second “aerostat” or blimp capable of searching 360 degrees was deployed to Connecticut/Maryland region back in August. The blimp is equipped with a JLENS system (Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System). That fact has many people concerned and suspicious.
The conspiracy theories have forwarded everything from an incoming alien aircraft to an asteroid to a possible missile attack during September. The military is reportedly having some sort of “exercise.” Practice for what?