CBAA, NBAA Join Opposition to Ligado Canada Application

 - November 25, 2022, 9:23 AM

The Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) and NBAA recently joined other industry groups expressing opposition to an application from Ligado Networks Canada to operate an ancillary terrestrial component (ATC) in L-band, adjacent to bands used by the aviation sector.

CBAA and NBAA sent a joint letter late last week to Martin Proulx, a director general for Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada, asking the agency to reject the application. The associations noted that Ligado is proposing to operate similarly to how it was authorized in the U.S. “However, Ligado Canada’s application is for significantly higher power levels (approximately 82 times greater) and relaxed Out-Of-Band-Emissions limits.”

They expressed concern that this may pose a threat to safety and noted the opposition to the application of numerous other organizations, including the National Airlines Council of Canada, Air Transport Association of Canada, International Air Transport Association, and Air Line Pilots Association, among them.