American aviation corporations urge to postpone the introduction of 5G services

(ORDO NEWS) — Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun and Airbus Americas CEO Jeffrey Knittel have called on the US presidential administration to postpone the planned launch of 5G C-band services, saying it could affect the safety of flights.

In a joint letter, the heads of the largest aircraft corporations asked Transport Minister Pete Buttigieg to postpone the commissioning of 5G networks in the C-band from January 5 next year by AT&T and Verizon.

The letter stated that the impact of waves in this range can “adversely affect the possibility of safe operation of air transport” and will have a colossal negative impact on the aviation industry.

It is known that the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has already expressed concern that 5G communication has the potential to affect sensitive aviation electronics like radio altimeters. The agency is preparing to release more data by January 5th.

In November, AT&T and Verizon postponed commercial commissioning of C-band networks until January 5 next year and reportedly took additional measures to restrict interactions with avionics.

Groups related to the aviation industry have already stated that this is not enough. Boeing and Airbus have come up with a counter-proposal, according to which it is supposed to limit the operation of 5G communication stations in the vicinity of the country’s largest airports and other critical facilities. United Airlines chief Scott Kirby said last week that the FAA will ban the use of radio altimeters at about 40 of the largest US airports.

In turn, the CTIA group, representing the wireless communications industry, accused the aviation business of alarmism and misrepresentation.

On Monday, the Air Line Pilots Association said the airline industry and regulators were at a standstill. “This is a big problem for passengers, shippers and the American economy,” the association said.

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