US agency freezes 45% of US commercial aircraft fleet after 5G network rollout

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by David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it has freed up about 45% of the nation’s commercial airliner fleet to make low-visibility landings at several airports from where the 5G network’s C- The band will be deployed. Wednesday.

The FAA has warned that potential interference could affect sensitive aircraft instruments, such as altimeters, and could affect low visibility operations.

US passenger and cargo airlines are warning senior government officials that the problem is not resolved and could seriously affect flights and supply chains.

“Even with the approval granted by the FAA today, American Airlines will not be able to operate the vast majority of passenger and cargo flights due to FAA flight restrictions related to 5G, unless prior to the planned launch. No action is taken. January 19,” said. Airlines for America, a group representing American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, FedEx and other carriers.

The FAA has approved two radio altimeter models to be used on many Boeing and Airbus aircraft, including some Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767, MD-10/-11 and Airbus A310, A319, A320, A321, A330 and A350 Models are included. The announcement came days before AT&T and Verizon launched a new 5G service on Wednesday. The FAA said it expected to issue more approvals in the coming days.

The FAA said the aircraft and altimeter approvals “open runways to 48 of the 88 airports that are directly affected by 5G C-band interference.” But the agency warned that “despite these new approvals, flights at some airports may still be affected.”

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The FAA told Boeing that it is granting clearances for aircraft with specific runways and certain altitudes “because the susceptibility to interference from 5G C-band emissions is reduced.”

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