Avionics News January 2021 - 8

Aviation groups
call for halt of
FCC Spectrum
Auction affecting
radar altimeters

On Dec. 7, 2020, a group of 15 aviation
associations, including the Aircraft Electronics
Association, sent a letter to the Federal
Communications Commission expressing concern over frequency spectrum relocation affecting radar altimeters, a critical flight safety tool.
The group requested that the FCC suspend
Auction 107, scheduled to begin Dec. 8, which
offers new flexible‚Äźuse overlay licenses for
spectrum in the 3.7-3.98 GHz band, in order
to resolve likely interference issues with radar
altimeters prior to the auction.
" Since 2017, the aviation industry has
consistently noted during the Federal
Communications Commission rulemaking
process that deployment of 5G networks in
this frequency band may introduce harmful
radio frequency interference to radar altimeters currently operating in the globallyallocated 4.2-4.4 GHz aeronautical band, " the
group wrote.
The group's request to suspend the auction
is rooted in findings from an RTCA study on
the impact of C-band mobile telecommunications interference on low range radar altimeter
operations. The study revealed that 5G telecommunications systems in the 3.7-3.98 GHz
band will cause harmful interference to radar
altimeters on all types of civil aircraft - including large commercial transport airplanes; business, regional, and general aviation airplanes;
and both transport and general aviation helicopters. Without appropriate mitigations, such
interference could lead to catastrophic failures.
The study was submitted to the FCC for consideration back in October and additional information was provided to the FCC.
To read the letter in its entirety, visit aea.net. q

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