New 5G launch to affect Boeing 787 landings, warns US aviation authority

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Friday it will require Boeing 787 operators to take extra precautions when landing on wet or snowy runways at airports where new wireless services are being rolled out from next week.

The FAA said 5G interference could prevent the engine and brake systems from going into a landing position, which could prevent the plane from stopping on the runway.

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The directive requires crews to “be aware of this hazard and to adopt specific safety measures when landing on these runways.” It affects 137 American aircraft and 1,010 aircraft worldwide.

AT&T and Verizon, which won nearly all of C-band spectrum in an $80 billion auction last year, agreed Jan. 3 on buffer zones around 50 airports to reduce the risk of interference. They also agreed to postpone publication for two weeks.

The FAA’s directive prohibits operators from sending or launching 787s “to affected airports when certain on-board brake and antilock functions are inoperable.”

Boeing did not immediately comment.

The FAA is also expected to provide “alternative” compliance details for some specific aircraft types and some airports before Wednesday.
The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday issued nearly 1,500 notices detailing the potential impact of 5G services.

The notifications show where “Aircraft with untested altimeters or needing retrofit modification or replacement, will not be able to perform low visibility landings when 5G is deployed.”

On January 7, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed 50 US airports that will contain 5G buffer zones, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Detroit, Dallas, Philadelphia, Seattle and Miami.

Airports Council International – North America, Thursday, called for the implementation of 5G to be delayed to avoid widespread disruption across the US air transportation system.

“More than 100 airports and helipads in 46 of the nation’s largest urban areas will be closed to low visibility approach procedures due to potential radio frequency,” the Commercial Airports Group said.

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