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Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Airliners, private planes and helicopters may have to limit landings in low-visibility conditions and follow other restrictions under a government directive to ensure safe operations once a new band of 5G mobile-phone service starts in January. ... [T]he two airworthiness directives lay the groundwork for what could be severe limitations across the nation's aviation system if the regulator believes the signals -- from a part of the spectrum called the "C-Band" that the mobile carriers have procured to expand their service -- threaten safety.

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...The agency said in a press release that it believes "the expansion of 5G and aviation will safely co-exist" and stopped short of specific restrictions. But the two airworthiness directives lay the groundwork for what could be severe limitations across the nation's aviation system if the regulator believes the signals -- from a part of the spectrum called the "C-Band" that the mobile carriers have procured to expand their service -- threaten safety.

The impact of the FAA's directives have the potential to broadly limit flights.

For example, the FAA said instrument landings, which are required during poor weather, may have to be banned....

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#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-12-07 01:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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Committee Leaders Urge FCC to Act to Protect Aviation Safety Amid 5G Broadband Implementation (November 20, 2021)
www.hstoday.us

...Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) have written to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expressing safety concerns with the telecom industry's plan to utilize the band of spectrum between 3.7 and 4.2 GHz, or the C-band, for 5G broadband service.

Specifically, the Members called on the FCC to provide the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with sufficient data to conduct a robust assessment of the risks to aviation safety presented by use of the C-band for 5G broadband service, as well as prohibit any use of the C-band for 5G until the FAA has conducted a robust risk assessment and has concluded either that no mitigations are necessary or that all necessary mitigations are in place.

In their letter to FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, the Members wrote: "The FCC's and the telecom industry's approach of deploy now, fix later' is anathema to the strong safety culture we have created and nourished in aviation over the last 20 years. In aviation, we never roll the dice with safety. We never run headlong into a possible hazard to the safety of flight without a full and complete assessment and mitigation of those risks."

The Members continued: "Technical analysis by aviation industry experts has confirmed both the likelihood of harmful 5G interference with radio altimeters and the potential that such interference will result in accidents. The FAA at least implicitly acknowledged this risk in a recent safety bulletin issued to the aviation community on November 2, 2021 ... The aviation industry analysis put it in starker terms: the proposed wireless services in the C-band could cause catastrophic failures leading to multiple fatalities."...


#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-12-07 01:59 PM | Reply

We're restricting air travel so Influences can make more videos?

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-12-07 02:45 PM | Reply

Here is a good read - What is C-Band. This is a section of the n77 band that was sold. The whole n77 is already in use in Japan. Parts of it are in use in Europe and other areas as well. No issues there - are we special?

IF it does interfere, it should have been reserved some time ago instead of being sold and why are we just now hearing about it? This wouldn't just impact low visibility flight and landings but virtually all commercial flights. Well this was sold under the previous administration so I guess I am really not surprised there would be possible issues. (Yes, a snarky jab - I have zero respect for Trump's FCC.)

#4 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-12-07 05:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

aNd NoW they mAkE us gEt the 5g vAcCiNes to fLY!

- Trumptards

#5 | Posted by censored at 2021-12-07 08:37 PM | Reply

No one is going to ban instrument approaches. Modern glass cockpits can optionally choose which instrument to fly with if another fails.
Aviation navigation is in general far enough along that radar altimeters could be rendered obsolete.
Radar altimeters belong on the same junk pile as LORAN, NDB's, and soon Terminal VOR's.

#6 | Posted by LesWit at 2021-12-08 12:45 AM | Reply

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