The DOT has published the 2005 Edition of the Federal Radionavigation Plan (FRP) for comment. The FRP is the official source of radionavigation policy and planning for the Federal Government and is prepared jointly by the U.S. Departments of Defense (DoD), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and Homeland Security (DHS) with the assistance of other government agencies, such as the FAA. The 2005 FRP focuses on “transition to GPS based services, recognizing the need to maintain backup navigation aids and provide redundant radionavigation service where required.” According to the DOT, “[t]he FRP includes the introduction, policies, operating plans, system selection considerations, and research and development sections” and it is accompanied by a document entitled Federal Radionavigation Systems (FRS) that is published separately and contains information on government roles and responsibilities, user requirements, and systems descriptions (this document is not yet available).
The DOT will consider all comments, concerns, and suggestions regarding the current policies and plans in the 2005 FRP in formulation of the 2007 FRP. However, comments must be received by July 31 for consideration in development of the 2007 FRP. You may send comments to Chairman, DOT POS/NAV Working Group, U.S. Department of Transportation, Navigation and Spectrum Policy (P-50), Room 6423-F, 400 7th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. E-mail: John.Augustine@dot.gov. Or, if you would like further information, you may contact John Augustine, U.S. Department of Transportation, Navigation and Spectrum Policy (P-50), 400 7th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590, (202) 366-0353.