U.S. FAA approves more low-visibility landings after 5G deployment

U.S. FAA approves more low-visibility landings after 5G deployment


The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Sunday; it had cleared an estimated 45% of the U.S. commercial airplane fleet to perform low-visibility landings at many airports; where 5G C-band will be deployed starting Wednesday.

The FAA has warned that potential interference could affect sensitive airplane instruments such as; altimeters and make an impact on low-visibility operations.

U.S. passenger and cargo airlines have been sounding the alarm to senior government officials that; the issue is far from resolved and could severely impact flights as well as the supply chain.

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“Even with the approvals granted by the FAA today; U.S. airlines will not be able to operate the vast majority of passenger and cargo flights due to the FAA’s 5G-related flight restrictions unless action is taken prior to the planned Jan. 19 rollout;” said Airlines for America, a trade group representing American Airlines (AAL.O), Delta Air Lines (DAL.N), Fedex (FDX.N) and other carriers.

The FAA approved two radio altimeter models used in many Boeing and Airbus planes; including some Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767, MD-10/-11 as well as Airbus A310, A319, A320, A321, A330 and A350 models.

The announcement came just days before AT&T (T.N) as well as Verizon (VZ.N) launch new 5G service on Wednesday.

The FAA said it expects to issue more approvals in the coming days.

The FAA said the aircraft and altimeter approvals open “runways at as many as 48 of the 88 airports; most directly affected by 5G C-band interference.” But the agency warned that “even with these new approvals; flights at some airports may still be affected.”

Reuters reviewed the 36-page list of the runways covered by the approvals that has not yet been made public; and it does not include many larger U.S. airports.

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