The safe transport of all individual flights between airports is based on radio frequencies being available and interference free so that all of the aviation systems function properly. The FAA's Spectrum Engineering Office provides these fundamental services by ensuring radio frequency assets are always clear and available, both now and in the future.
The Spectrum Engineering & Policy Office secures, manages, and protects all civil aviation radio frequency spectrum resources.
- Coordinating and negotiating with other government agencies, industry, and international partners to obtain appropriate spectrum resources for aviation usage.
- Establishing and issuing policy regarding radio frequency allocations and regulations governing the use of civil aviation Federal spectrum.
- Developing international and domestic civilian aviation spectrum policies and standards.
- Participate with domestic partners and internationally in order to maintain aviation spectrum resources free from interference from other services.
- Assigning and engineering radio frequencies for the NAS systems.
- Maintaining the aviation spectrum use database.
- Analyzing new FAA systems requirements and certifying that spectrum resources will be providing the technical engineering expertise needed to perform specific spectrum resources available assessments.
- Testing new systems and electronic equipment for compatibility with existing NAS systems.
- Ensuring compatibility of Department of Defense systems, exercise, and tests with NAS systems.
- Conducting Radio Frequency Interference investigations.
- Coordinating with FCC and FBI to enforce the laws against unauthorized broadcast within the aviation protected radio frequencies.
The management and regulation of the use of radio frequencies is becoming more complex as technology rapidly expansions and as demand for wireless applications (cell phones and wireless broadband) continues to soar. At the same time, the safety of operating aviation systems remains of paramount importance. The Spectrum Engineering Office protects the National Airspace System from any potential sources of interference from new wireless systems.