FAA Releases 5G Special Airworthiness Bulletin

Warns Possible Radio Altimeter Anomalies Beginning December 5 The impending rollout of 5G networks across the United States has been a concern for industry experts, with worries that the licensed frequency ranges used in the next generation network has some overlap with frequencies used in radar altimeters. The FAA has released their bulletin outlining their concerns, including a request for industry action to aid in testing and evaluation. The agency needs wide-ranging data to establish the warranted level of caution going forward. With the aviation industry at odds with telecom giants, proper study is needed to evaluate real-world impact before establishing regulations and limitations on placement for the equipment. The new bands will be active from the scheduled start date of December 5, 2021 in 46 markets.

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