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Airplane Landings at Risk of Delays on FAA Move to Ease 5G Risk
« on: December 08, 2021, 06:32:31 AM »

(Bloomberg) -- 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. The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday issued two orders laying out potential flight restrictions that could cause severe restrictions at major airports during bad weather.
“The FAA is working closely with the Federal Communications Commission and wireless companies, and has made progress toward safely implementing the 5G expansion,” the FAA said in a statement. “We are confident with ongoing collaboration we will reach this shared goal.”

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. That has the potential to cause thousands of flight delays a day, particularly in busy hubs such as New York City, Chicago and elsewhere.

Similarly, some automated systems used to make airport arrivals could also face restrictions, the FAA said.

The commercial helicopter industry, which includes copters serving off-shore oil rigs and emergency medical flights, could also face restrictions.

The FAA directives also say that individual mobile phones on aircraft have the potential to cause interference, but stop short of restricting use of 5G devices on planes.

The FAA said it is studying the potential for interference from 5G and would issue notices to aviators outlining specific restrictions, if needed.