Columbia’s A4A, FAA warn 5G wireless could cause havoc with flights

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Columbia’s A4A, FAA warn 5G wireless could cause havoc with flights

On Wednesday, US FAA (Federal Aviation Authority) alongside A4A, a Columbia-based aviation trade association, had raised alarming bells over US wireless data carriers’ plans to roll out spectrums for fifth generation wireless services, citing that the spectrums would be highly disruptive for air travels and might lead to an additional $1.6 billion in annual costs in delays.

On top of that, the Trade Group ‘Airlines for America’, shortly dubbed as A4A, said that if a new FAA directive leading to potential interference from wireless transmissions had been implemented back in 2019, “approximately 345,000 passenger flights, 32 million passengers, and 5,400 cargo flights would have been impacted in the form of delayed flights, diversions, or cancellations.

Nonetheless, despite repeated warning from US aviation groups, the wireless carriers would start off using a new fifth-generation wireless spectrum in less than three weeks. However, the US FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) also had issued a new directive last week that said the new fifth-generation spectrums could cause flight diversions and delays, while 5G spectrums could potentially impact sensitive aircraft electronics like of radio altimeters.

US airlines groups, FAA cautions 5G spectrum interference

Nevertheless, following US FAA remarks on impacts of 5G spectrum on sensitive aircraft electronics, both AT&T alongside Verizon Communications agreed to delay their commercial launches of C-band wireless service until January 5.

Besides, the wireless carriers also had fostered a flurry of safety measures for six months which in effect is expected to curb out interference. Nonetheless, US airlines groups said that the measures might be insufficient to fully address air safety concerns.

Meanwhile, addressing to the material impacts of fifth-generation bands, A4A said, “FAA directive would materially disrupt airline operations," while cargo operators were quoted saying “the directive would have cost them $400 million annually.