Aerospace Industry Calls for a delay to deployment of 5-G Technology
Updated: Nov 11, 2021
A coalition of organizations representing the world’s leading aerospace manufacturers, airlines, pilots, and operators joined in calling for a delay in the deployment of 5G technologies to the C-band until the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System (NAS) is ensured due to potential 5-G interference on Radio Altimeters.
The coalition in a letter sent to the National Economic Council (NEC) encouraged collaborations with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a united industry partnership for solutions of preserving air safety, bring aviation and telecommunications for measure of ensuring radio altimeters are operated accurately and safety following the release of 5-G.
The letter was in response to FAA bulletin alerting manufacturers, operators, and pilots that action may be needed to address potential interference with radio altimeters caused by 5G systems. Radio altimeters are important devices/systems used by every Airliner, commercial aircraft and helicopter and many general aviation aircraft for altitude reporting and Pilot situation awareness.
The letter stated "5G systems have the potential to cause harmful interference to radio altimeters, which are crucial systems used by every commercial aircraft and helicopter, and many general aviation aircraft. Due to this threat and the lack of action from the FCC, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) on Risk of Potential Adverse Effects on Radio Altimeters. Without a written agreement of mitigation with FCC and 5G, further FAA actions beyond this SAIB may still be necessary to ensure safety. As discussed, these FAA actions will have enormous economic impacts that the country cannot face, resulting in needless supply chain delays and travel and shipping cancellations"
Organisations in the coalition included NBAA, Aerospace Industries Association, Aerospace Vehicle Systems Institute, the Air Line Pilots Association International, the Airborne Public Safety Association, Airbus, the Aircraft Electronics Association, the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, Airlines for America, Aviation Spectrum Resources, Inc., the Boeing Company, the Cargo Airline Association, Collins Aerospace, the Experimental Aircraft Association, Free Flight Systems, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Garmin International, Inc., the Helicopter Association International, Honeywell International Inc., the International Air Transport Association, the National Air Carrier Association and the Regional Airline Association.
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