US airlines warn 5G wireless networks could wreak havoc on flights

An airplane takes off from Ronald Reagan National Airport as air traffic is affected by the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Washington
An airplane takes off from Ronald Reagan National Airport as air traffic is affected by the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Washington, U.S., March 18, 2020. REUTERS / Carlos Barria /image file

December 15, 2021

By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major U.S. airlines warned on Wednesday that plans by AT&T and Verizon Communications to use spectrum for 5G wireless services could have a major impact on air travel. airlines and cost airline passengers $1.6 billion a year in delays.

Airlines for America (A4A) said that if a new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) directive to address potential interference from wireless transmissions goes into effect in 2019, “about 345,000 flights carrying Passengers, 32 million passengers and 5,400 cargo flights will be affected in the form of flights being delayed, diverted or cancelled. ”

At Wednesday’s hearing, senators urged airlines to work to find a solution.

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said the 5G wireless issue “is the single biggest and most damaging potential problem we face. We want nothing more than to work to find a solution.”

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said the FAA’s directive “will significantly affect our operations when it is rolled out January 5.”

Wireless service providers will start using this frequency band in just three weeks.

Last week, the FAA issued a new aviation reliability directive warning that interference from the 5G wireless spectrum could lead to flight diversion.

The aviation industry and FAA have raised significant concerns about 5G’s potential for interference with sensitive aircraft electronics such as radio altimeters.

In November, AT&T and Verizon agreed to delay the commercial launch of C-band wireless services until January 5 after the FAA raised concerns. They also took six-month precautions to limit the intervention.

Aviation industry groups say they are incompetent to address aviation safety concerns.

CTIA, a wireless trade group, said “the airline industry’s fear is based on completely discredited information and willful distortions of facts”. It added that 5G operates safely and does not cause harmful interference to aviation operations in nearly 40 countries around the world.

The A4A said the FAA directive would “severely disrupt aviation operations”, and cargo operators added that the directive “will cost them $400 million annually.”

The group said the “annual impact cost to passengers is approximately $1.59 billion” of travel delays.

Wireless carriers showed no interest in further spectrum delays, and the industry paid more than $80 billion to get it.

FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, who did not immediately comment on the airlines’ analysis, said she believes the issues can be resolved and spectrum used safely.

“Airline customers rely on airlines to transport products that are perishable over time such as pharmaceuticals, vaccines, organs, critical supply chain components and more,” said A4a. other high value items. “The lack of serious mitigations by 5G telecom companies to address interference problems will disrupt and harm the economy significantly.”

The FAA directive orders an amendment to aircraft and helicopter manuals to prohibit certain operations that require radio altimeter data in the presence of a 5G C-Band wireless broadband signal.

The FAA is still in discussions with the FCC, the White House and industry officials about the exact contours of any restrictions.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Mark Porter and David Gregorio) US airlines warn 5G wireless networks could wreak havoc on flights

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