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China’ BeiDou satellite navigation system used in civil aviation

China’s BeiDou satellite navigation system, developed as an alternative to foreign systems like GPS, was used for the first time in civil aviation on Oct 14, when a Chinese regional jetliner conducted a test flight from Dongying Shengli Airport in East China’s Shandong province. The flight successfully tested the performance of the onboard navigation information receiver, the ground-based signal enhancement system, and the short-message function of BeiDou, according to the State-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC).