The FAA: 5G Can Cause Problems for Most Boeing 737s.

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February 23. This is the latest installment in the 5G rollout saga that airlines argue potentially imperil the safe operations of planes near airports. The argument centers on telecommunications towers near airports using 5G C-band frequencies. Aircraft altimeters use nearby frequencies, and the fear is any interference could make landings unsafe.

Despite having two years to sort the problem, the FAA left the matter largely unresolved. With telcos set to turn on their 5G networks in mid-January, the FAA suddenly acted and issued scores of NOTAMs that banned auto-landings and radio-altimeter-based automated flight maneuvers at 100 airports across the US. Airlines warned of impending chaos.

After an intervention by US Secretary of Transport Pete Buttigieg, the telcos delayed turning on the 5G frequencies near airports. The FAA, the Federal Communications Commission, airlines, and the relevant telcos set to work to resolve the issues. Under fire for its underwhelming preparation before the rollout date, the FAA soon rescinded most of its bans and promised to pick up its game.

Source: Simple Flying

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105600cookie-checkThe FAA: 5G Can Cause Problems for Most Boeing 737s.