Qantas has been forced to warn its pilots about electronic interference from Chinese warships in the South China Sea and off the North-West Coast of Western Australia.
The warning says: “Qantas Group aircraft have experienced interference on VHF from stations purporting to represent the Chinese Military. In addition Group aircraft have experienced GPS jamming suspected to originate from warships operating off the northwest shelf of Australia.”
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The International Federation of Airline Pilots (IFALPA) has also issued a warning about interference in the South China Sea, the Philippine Sea and East of the Indian Ocean.
IFALPA’s recommendations are:
- Do not respond to warship
- Immediately report the contract to the controlling ATC agency
- Notify your company’s dispatcher of the attempted contact
- Complete an ASAP report or other company Safety Report for either on-ATC communication or GNSS interference.
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