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RTCA Announces New White Paper on 5G Interference Impact on Radar Altimeter Operations

October 12, 2020
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Washington, DC, October 8, 2020 – RTCA, Inc. announces the publication of the paper, Assessment of C-Band Mobile Telecommunications Interference Impact on Low Range Radar Altimeter Operations. This white paper was developed in response to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Report and Order, Expanding Flexible Use of the 3.7 to 4.2 Ghz Band released on March 3, 2020.

“We are pleased to submit this technical information to the FCC that provides a quantitative evaluation of radar altimeter performance during interference from expected 5G emissions used by the mobile wireless industry.” said Terry McVenes, President and CEO of RTCA. “A thorough understanding of the risks associated with this interference and the impact on aviation safety will be vital in bringing both aviation and spectrum regulators together to ensure that safety-critical aviation systems will continue to be protected for the purposes of public safety.”

Radar altimeters are deployed on thousands of civil and military aircraft in the United States and worldwide and support several critical safety-of-life aircraft functions by providing a direct measurement of the clearance height of the aircraft over the terrain or other obstacles.
This paper is now available here. Errata was issued by the RTCA PMC in September 2021 to correct one typographical error. It is available here.

Contact RTCA at info@rtca.org with any questions.

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RTCA is a private, not-for-profit association founded in 1935 as the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics. The mission of RTCA is to inspire the creation and implementation of integrated performance standards that meet changing global aviation environment and ensure the safety, security, and overall health of the aviation ecosystem. For further information please visit the RTCA website at www.rtca.org.
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