FCC Proposes Changes to Aviation Radio Service Rules
Thursday, June 06, 2019 | Comments

The FCC proposed changes to its Part 87 aviation radio service rules to support the deployment of more advanced avionics technology, increase efficient use of aeronautical spectrum and improve aviation safety.

The aviation radio service rules use dedicated spectrum to enhance the safety of aircraft in flight, facilitate efficient movement of aircraft both in the air and on the ground, and ensure the reliability and effectiveness of aviation communications. The rule changes set forth in the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) would modernize both communications onboard aircraft and by telecommunications stations on the ground that communicate with aircraft, the FCC said.

“The proposed rule changes would help to ensure the timely deployment and use of today’s state-of-the-art, safety-enhancing technologies, such as those comprising the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Next Generation Aviation System,” the FCC said.

The notice also proposes technical and service rules for the Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communications System, which will enable broadband communications capability to support airport surface operations. In addition, the notice proposes new service rules and rule changes to assist pilots in the detection of objects in degraded visual environments, such as fog, or potential land-based obstructions.

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