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FAA releases list of airports subject to 5G buffer zones

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When two telecom firms turn on disputed new 5G services, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has produced a list of 50 airports in the United States that will have buffer zones.

The aviation sector is concerned that transmissions from 5G C-band services would interfere with sensitive aircraft equipment, particularly radio altimeters, which indicate height above the ground as planes land. During operations in adverse weather and visibility, these instruments are critical.

AT&T and Verizon have previously agreed to postpone the launch of the new services twice to allow the FAA to take corrective action, as well as to take specific measures for a limited time. On January 19, 2022, the new 5G services will be activated.

“The wireless companies agreed to turn off transmitters and make other adjustments near these airports for six months to minimize potential 5G interference with sensitive aircraft instruments used in low-visibility landings,” the FAA said in a statement on January 7, 2022.

This is where you’ll find the 50 airports. Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Los Angeles International (LAX), LaGuardia (LGA), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Orlando International (MCO), and San Francisco International (SFO) are among these airports (SFO).

The amount of low visibility days, traffic volume, and geographic location were all factors in the FAA’s decision, according to the agency. Some prominent airports, such as Denver International Airport (DEN) and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL), were left off the list because 5G services were not yet available.

Telecom providers have stated that 5G C-band services have been successfully introduced in other countries without compromising flight safety, most notably in France.

The FAA has updated its website with further information on the distinctions between deployment in the United States and overseas.

When two telecom firms turn on disputed new 5G services, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has produced a list of 50 airports in the United States that will have buffer zones.

The aviation sector is concerned that transmissions from 5G C-band services would interfere with sensitive aircraft equipment, particularly radio altimeters, which indicate height above the ground as planes land. During operations in adverse weather and visibility, these instruments are critical.

AT&T and Verizon have previously agreed to postpone the launch of the new services twice to allow the FAA to take corrective action, as well as to take specific measures for a limited time. On January 19, 2022, the new 5G services will be activated.

“The wireless companies agreed to turn off transmitters and make other adjustments near these airports for six months to minimize potential 5G interference with sensitive aircraft instruments used in low-visibility landings,” the FAA said in a statement on January 7, 2022.

This is where you’ll find the 50 airports. Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Los Angeles International (LAX), LaGuardia (LGA), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Orlando International (MCO), and San Francisco International (SFO) are among these airports (SFO).

The amount of low visibility days, traffic volume, and geographic location were all factors in the FAA’s decision, according to the agency. Some prominent airports, such as Denver International Airport (DEN) and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL), were left off the list because 5G services were not yet available.

Telecom providers have stated that 5G C-band services have been successfully introduced in other countries without compromising flight safety, most notably in France.

The FAA has updated its website with further information on the distinctions between deployment in the United States and overseas.

 

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