Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
the research laboratory of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Fredrick Matos

Abstract: This report is a spectrum resource assessment of the Aeronautical Mobile Service between 400 MHz and 17.7 GHz, which addresses the long-range planning of this service. It presents an assessment of 15 Federal Government frequency bands that are allocated to the Mobile or Aeronautical Mobile Services. Other bands containing aeronautical mobile activities are also reviewed. Included is information on allocations, technical standards, frequency assignments, and system characteristics. The future growth possibilities of the Aeronautical Mobile Service in the various bands is presented. The 4400-4900 MHz band was analyzed in detail to determine the sharing possibilities between the Fixed Service (point-to-point microwave and troposcatter communications systems) and aeronautical systems. The analysis indicates that sharing between such systems and aeronautical systems is feasible.

Keywords: spectrum resource assessment; spectrum management; spectrum sharing; Aeronautical Mobile Service; 400 MHz-17.7 GHz

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Ed Drocella, Chief,
Spectrum Engineering and Analysis Division
Office of Spectrum Management
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
(202) 482-1652

Disclaimer: Certain commercial equipment, components, and software may be identified in this report to specify adequately the technical aspects of the reported results. In no case does such identification imply recommendation or endorsement by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, nor does it imply that the equipment or software identified is necessarily the best available for the particular application or uses.

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