When AT&T and Verizon C-band 5G service Go live on January 19, they will apply buffer zones around 50 airports in the United States to reduce the risk of flight disruption. There is the Federal Aviation Administration Release A List (PDF) It is among the 50 selected airports, including major passenger hubs such as Chicago O’Hare International, Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles International. As The Wall Street Journal Of note, it also includes foggy and cloudy airports such as Seattle-Tacoma International and cargo hubs like Indianapolis International.
Carriers were supposed to launch their 5G service on January 5 using their newly purchased frequency, but they Agree to comply The FAA and the Department of Transportation requested that their extension be postponed for another two weeks. Authorities want to use the extra time to investigate concerns that the new frequencies are so close to being used by aircraft radar altimeters. Devices measure the distance between the plane and the ground to help the plane land in bad visibility and bad weather. Wireless companies deny that using C-band frequencies for 5G would disrupt air traffic.
The FAA says Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and other busiest airports in the United States are missing from the list because they are nowhere near the area where the new 5G services are deployed. Meanwhile, other major airports are not included as they are considered to be far enough away from the nearest 5G towers.
Airlines for America, the agency representing the major airlines in North America, said Reuters And The post It said in a statement that it “appreciates the FAA’s efforts to implement mitigation measures for airports that may be most affected by the impediments to new 5G services.” However, Kevin Burke, CEO of Airport Trade Group Airport Council International-North America, is less than satisfied. Burke said the list was “largely irrelevant because the entire aviation system is going to be adversely affected by this poorly planned and integrated expansion of 5G services in and around the airport.”
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