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5G Wireless Interference. What You Need To Know

January 2022

This month, two major cell phone companies are scheduled to launch a new 5G C-Band wireless communications spectrum. At issue are concerns the 5G transmissions are a significant risk of interfering with radio altimeters on aircraft during critical flight operations in adverse weather conditions

Government agencies, industry associations, and equipment manufacturers have issued many articles and documents regarding these concerns. We encourage you to stay informed and provide links to relevant documents.  

The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)

The FAA has adopted two ADs, or Airworthiness Directives determining:

2021-23-12: https://www.faa.gov/newsroom/ad-2021-23-12

2021-23-13: https://www.faa.gov/newsroom/ad-2021-23-13

The FAA has also issued a SAFO (Safety Alert For Operators) to clarify the ADs. https://www.faa.gov/other_visit/aviation_industry/airline_operators/airline_safety/safo/all_safos/SAFO21007R1.pdf

Industry News

NBAA has created an online resource with the latest news on this subject at nbaa.org/5g.

Gogo Business Aviation White Paper

Gogo has issued a white paper, 5G and Spectrum Interference Concerns for Aviation, that directly addresses these concerns, and Gogo 5G