Could 5G Rollout Affect Safety of Flights? Aviation Industry Said to Have Expressed ‘Deep Concern’


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has raised vital considerations a few plan to use spectrum for 5G wi-fi networks on aviation security and is planning to concern a proper warning in regards to the concern, in accordance to sources and a letter seen by Reuters.

The aviation business has voiced alarm in regards to the plan to use C-Band spectrum for greater than a 12 months. Network carriers are anticipated to start utilizing the spectrum beginning December 5 beginning in 46 markets.

FAA Deputy Administrator Bradley Mims in a beforehand unreported October 6 letter stated the company shares “the deep concern about the potential impact to aviation safety resulting from interference to radar altimeter performance from 5G network operations in the C band.”

An FAA spokeswoman stated Friday it “continues to engage with other agencies so that aviation and the newest generation of 5G cellular technology can safely coexist.”

The Federal Communications Commission stated Friday it stays dedicated to making certain air security because the company’s profitable observe file demonstrates, whereas shifting ahead with the deployment of new applied sciences that help American enterprise and shopper wants.”

The FAA held a lengthy October 14 meeting with the aviation industry on the issue. FAA and FCC officials have held numerous discussions about the issue, the sources said.

The FAA is planning to soon issue a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin and an airworthiness directive about the issue, two officials told Reuters, confirming a Wall Street Journal report.

The aerospace and airline sector met with the FCC in August, warning without changes “main disruptions to use of the National Airspace System might be anticipated from the rollout of 5G” and added the FAA will be forced to “drastically scale back aviation operational capability”

Wireless trade group CTIA said Friday 5G networks can safely use C-band spectrum “with out inflicting dangerous interference to aviation tools,” and cited numerous active 5G networks using this spectrum band in 40 countries… Any delay in activating this spectrum risks America’s competitiveness.”

One longer-term answer is retrofitting some altimeters with “out-of-band filters,” however it might possible take years and “many 1000’s of civil plane are possible to be impacted, the aviation business stated.

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