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5G interferes with aircraft: risk of catastrophe for air traffic


Imminent catastrophe in US civil aviation and worldwide rotation due to 5G technology used by mobile phones.

The main CEOs of US airlines have sounded the alarm after the American telephone companies AT&T and Verizon are ready to turn on the new repeaters for the 5G data network.

US telecom operators have been assigned the 3.7 to 3.98 gigahertz (GHz) frequency band for 5G, paying tens of billions of dollars. The problem is that radio altimeters operate in the 4.2 to 4.4 GHz spectrum, so in other words the frequencies used by 5G are close to those used by aircraft radio altimeters. Airlines said the new service could potentially render inoperable a significant number of widebody aircraft, the wide-body aircraft capable of setting up 7 to 10 adjacent seats per row, and “could potentially block tens of thousands of Americans overseas.” .

“Unless our major hubs are allowed to fly, the vast majority of people traveling and shipping will essentially be on the ground,” the chief executives of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and others wrote.

“This means that on a day like yesterday, more than 1,100 flights and 100,000 passengers would be subject to cancellations, diversions or delays,” he cautioned.

The action is urgent, they added in the letter also signed by UPS Airlines, Atlas Air, JetBlue Airways and FedEx Express. “To be blunt, the nation’s trade will stop.”

The letter, which was seen by Reuters, landed on the desk of the director of the National Economic Council of the White House Brian Deese, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Steve Dickson, and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) President Jessica Rosenworcel.

Airlines are calling for “5G to be deployed everywhere in the country, except within approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) of runways” at some key airports. “Immediate action is needed to avoid a significant operational disruption to air passengers, shippers, the supply chain and the delivery of necessary medical supplies.”

“Many modern security systems on airplanes will be considered unusable, causing a much bigger problem than we think… The airplane manufacturers have informed us that there are huge swathes of the operational fleet that may need to be grounded indefinitely ”.

The carriers added that they urge action to ensure that “5G is deployed except when towers are too close to airport runways.”

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United itself, a major US airline, warned that the current 5G wireless deployment plan in the US would negatively impact approximately 1.25 million passengers and at least 15,000 flights per year, urging the Biden administration to take action.
For their part, Verizon and AT&T have decided to “postpone the activation of a limited number of towers around some airports”, in an attempt to stop what is likely to be a “catastrophic” departure. The federal agency and our airlines – commented Verizon – they have not been able to solve the problem for the airports, although it has proved to be safe and fully operational in more than forty foreign countries “.

5G: what the telephone companies have decided

The FAA, the Federal Aviation Administration of the USA, confirmed that the potential interference could affect sensitive aircraft instruments such as altimeters and the impact on low visibility operations.
Meanwhile the FAA has authorized the use of certain radio altimetric models and gave a green light to 48 of the 88 American airports most directly exposed to this risk, imposing restrictions in other cases instead.

But the Federal Communications Commission denies it by noting that aircraft altimeters use a higher frequency, between 4.2 and 4.4 GHz, and this protects them from any problem.

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This is not one global or European issue, it really is a specific question about the use of 5G and its implementation in the United States in terms of frequency bands and power, ”said Airbus chief Guillaume Faury in early January.

And the confirmation comes from the fact that the Emirates airline has suspended flights to nine US cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas Fort Worth, Houston, Miami, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco and Seattle specifying that customers with final destination tickets in one of the aforementioned destinations must rebook, or keep their Emirates ticket for a change of voyage.

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