GEEZE... can a guy get a break?  


Joe Lenig


From: [] On
Behalf Of David Williamson
Sent: Friday, May 5, 2017 12:05 AM
Subject: [WISPA] FCC tower lighting question


Can someone comment on whether this new ruling is going to pass or not:


New FAA Marking Requirements May Impact Rural Towers Under 200 Feet 


A recently passed law, the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016
(Act), will affect certain towers that are between fifty (50) and two
hundred (200) feet in height by requiring that many of these towers in rural
areas be marked and lit. The law, passed to protect agricultural aviators
(crop dusters), will make rural towers previously not subject to Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements more visible with painted
markings and other visibility attachments.  The Act also requires these
towers to be documented in an FAA database.  The FAA must issue regulations
by July 15, 2017. As compliance with these rules may prove costly to
wireless carriers, particularly where they are unnecessary, we are working
with the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) to create an exemption for
communication towers.  Your feedback on specific towers in your service
areas is requested.


Summary of the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act


The term "covered tower" is defined in Section 2110(d) of the Act as a
structure that: is self-standing or supported by guy wires; is 10 feet or
less in diameter; is between 50 - 200 feet AGL; has accessory facilities on
which equipment is mounted; and is located outside an incorporated city or
town, or on undeveloped or agricultural land. The term does not include a
structure that is:  adjacent to a house, barn, electric utility station, or
other building; within the curtilage of a farmstead; a utility transmission
pole; a wind turbine with a rotor blade radius over 6 feet; or a street
lighted maintained by a Federal, State, local or tribal entity.


The Act requires that all covered towers constructed on or after the date on
which the regulations take effect must be marked in a manner consistent with
guidance under the FAA Advisory Circular issued on December 4, 2015 (AC
70/7460-1L) or other guidance as determined by the Administrator. Existing
covered towers, constructed before the regulations take effect, will have an
additional year to comply with the new regulations. 


AC 70/7460-IL recommends that towers under 200 feet be painted with
alternate bands of aviation orange and white paint. The band width should be
equivalent to 1/7 of the tower height and the paint must be reapplied if it
begins to fade. The Advisory Circular also recommends that high-visibility
sleeves and aviation orange spherical market balls be installed on any outer
guy wires. 


The new law also creates an FAA database of all towers covered under this
provision. The database will contain location and height information of each
Covered Tower. The FAA administrator will ensure that any proprietary
information in the database is protected from disclosure in accordance with
the law. 


Exemption Proposal and Input Request


As mentioned above, we are working with CCA to create an exemption or carve
out for communication towers. Based on meetings with Senate Commerce
Committee staff, CCA is working to include in the exemption any tower
possessing clear, visual cues such as bases, attachments, antennas, or any
equipment critical to service. Other suggestions for exemption include
temporary towers or CoWs, towers that comply with local zoning ordinances
and/or National Historic Preservation Act, towers with an antenna array over
five feet (5') in diameter, guy wired towers, and towers with antennas that
have reflective material. With regard to the FAA database, an alternative
proposal is to make a database of communication towers available to aviators
for reference and not require those tower owners to mark their towers.  





David Williamson


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