FAA issues statement on 5G

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On Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the following statement on the rollout of 5G technologies and the potential adverse impact on aviation safety equipment:

“The FAA is working with the aviation and wireless industries to find a solution that allows 5G C-band and aviation to safely coexist. While that work is underway, the FAA alerted operators that Notices to Air Missions (NOTAMs) may be issued to restrict operations in areas where 5G interference is possible. It also provides additional information about aircraft systems that could be affected.

“These recently published documents provide further information to operators about steps that will be required in areas potentially affected by 5G C-band interference.”

The FAA issued another update Jan. 3, which stated: “The FAA thanks AT&T and Verizon for agreeing to a voluntary delay and for their proposed mitigations. We look forward to using the additional time and space to reduce flight disruptions associated with this 5G deployment.

“The wireless companies have offered to implement a set of mitigations comparable to measures used in some European operating environments. While U.S. standards and operating environments are unique, we believe this could substantially reduce the disruptions to air operations. These additional mitigations will be in place for six months around 50 airports identified as those with the greatest impact to the U.S. aviation sector.”

Contact Ric Peri, AEA vice president of government and industry affairs, by email at ricp@aea.net or by phone at 202-589-1144.