How Fiji changed the way we travel


The little Pacific island nation was the first to incorporate GPS into its aviation system – and in doing so forever changed the way we get from Point A to distant Point B.

GPS was developed by the United States military in the 1970s with the intention of improving upon existing navigation procedures. In Fiji, for example, only five control towers were equipped with a radio beacon, meaning that in 80% of the country’s huge airspace, pilots had no radar to rely on.

GPS is ubiquitous now but I had no idea Fiji played such an important role.