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FCC Eyes Change in Aviation Safety Regulations

Jeff Brody

The Federal Communications Commission proposes to modify policy on its Aviation Radio Service to accommodate modern avionics technology, boost aeronautical spectrum efficiency and promote aviation safety. FCC said Thursday its changed rules are designed to modernize communications between aircraft and ground-based telecommunications stations.

The Aviation Radio Service works to facilitate aircraft movement, support flight safety and ensure that aviation communications are functioning properly. The commission proposes a set of rules to guide the technical and service aspects of the Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communications System, a platform designed to facilitate airport surface operations via broadband technology.

FCC's proposal also includes new rules for detection procedures in environments that constrain pilot vision.

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