Boeing and Airbus Execs Think 5G Rollout Will Create Safety Issues in Air

( – Cellular service has gone through various changes and advancements since its early introduction. The current move by communication giants Verizon and AT&T is to shift the system to the 5th generation (5G) mobile network, but the industry is facing some pushback from aviation officials.

The CEOs of Boeing and Airbus, Dave Calhoun and Jeffrey Knittel, wrote a letter to US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. The two experts explained their concerns over the rollout of 5G service and the potential issues it may cause within the aviation industry. The men voiced their support for delaying the deployment of the service out of concerns over how it may interfere with aircraft electronics.

Calhoun and Knittel expressed that the impact of 5G on the industry could be massive, resulting in flight delays, cancellations and diversions, especially in adverse weather conditions.

The airwave signals use the same 5G frequency as altimeters, which assist with altitude tracking. Crowding the airwaves could lead to serious concerns for flight safety. The signals could impact sensitive equipment that aids with landing and taking off in conditions with low visibility.

The 5G issue is a big enough problem that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has also issued warnings. The agency implemented two directives to help the aviation and communications industries work together to allow 5G without causing interference issues.

Verizon and AT&T have already offered to lower the power from 5G towers to limit the potential for aviation interference and pushed back the introduction of the service from December 2020 to January 5, 2022.

With the concerns over the deployment of this technology, can Americans be sure it is safe to fly in inclement weather after the proposed rollout? What do you think? Reply to your email and let us know. We’d love to hear from you.

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