Airlines say the new wireless signals could disrupt the altitude of aircraft and equipment on helicopters. This makes it impossible to land in poor view and can cause a flurry of delays, diversions and cancellations. The Industry Association of Airlines for America fears that problems around 5G could cost the plane $ 2.1 billion.
“If you ask us what our biggest short-term concern is, it would be the 5G deployment,” Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said during a U.S. Senate hearing last week.
5G signals operate on air waves close to radar altimeters, which determine the altitude of an aircraft by jumping radio waves off the ground. The Department of Aviation says tests show that 5G can disrupt altimeters. Airlines in the United States expect the adoption of 5G services in the worst case scenario to disrupt 350,000 flights a year.
Telecommunications companies, which have paid a total of $ 81 billion for the frequency rights of the 5G network, deny that decision, claiming that the 5G signals are adequately separated from the frequencies used by the altimeters and operate in safe conditions.
Nick Lutlum, senior vice president of the CTIA trade union, which includes telecommunications operators AT&T and Verizon, said: “5G operates safely and safely in almost 40 countries around the world. American carriers fly in and out of these countries daily.”
The Office of the U.S. Civil Aviation Authority and the Air Force argues that other countries have imposed the protection they want or that the frequencies used in those countries are further removed from the frequencies assigned to aircraft equipment.
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