The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned against any distribution of 5G technology due to concerns regarding interference with aircraft equipment. Its warning comes amid airports upgrading their equipment to avoid untoward incidents involving the frequency.
Back in January, the FAA issued notices to airmen (NOTAMs) that warned of disruptions caused by 5G and C-band frequencies on aircraft equipment. These disruptions caused by 5G affect “altimeters, automated landing, heads-up displays/enhanced flight vision systems and helicopter autopilot hover modes. These purportedly arose from the airline regulator’s monitoring of such incidents, with the FAA recording more than 100.
Major U.S. airlines are busy retrofitting radio altimeters because of possible interference from 5G C-band wireless services. However, they are now asking for an extension – which they did through a Nov. 15 letter to the White House. The letter penned by major airline industry players called on the Biden administration for a grace period through the end of 2021.
The aforementioned letter – which included American Airlines, Boeing, Airbus, Embraer and others as signatories – cited worldwide supply chain troubles as the cause of the delay. “Air carriers will likely be unable to fully meet either the December 2022 deadlines for smaller regional aircraft and many large transports or the July 2023 retrofit deadline,” they wrote.
Furthermore, the letter cited that since January, “the FAA has documented over 100 incidents of potential 5G interference.”
“Unfortunately, the U.S. government agencies do not appear to be on the same page with respect to these safety issues. Inter-agency government progress appears to be at a stalemate while stakeholders are doing their part to address these issues.”
The letter also cited a warning by Billy Nolen, the FAA’s acting administrator, that “aviation safety would be compromised if the U.S. government does not codify certain additional operating limits in the 5G C-band environment.”
While telecommunications firms AT&T and Verizon agreed to 5G mitigation measures, Nolen lamented that his agency does not have the regulatory power to mandate the same for the 19 other 5G spectrum holders. Thus, the FAA head called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration under the Department of Commerce to codify the process so the 19 other companies are included.
Undoubtedly, issues with 5G interference are not confined to aviation equipment alone. In 2020, utility companies and associations filed cases against the FCC for not protecting utility infrastructure from possible electrical interference troubles with 5G.
Telecommunications provider SpaceX, owned by Twitter CEO Elon Musk, stated that 5G satellites from satellite TV firm Dish will interfere and cause issues with Starlink Satellites. Satellite service companies DirecTV and RS Submit also warned about satellite interference problems. Moreover, the Department of Defense has also been trying to iron out potential interference issues 5G can inflict on military radar systems.
Since 2017, however, doctors and scientists have been calling for a halt of 5G in space and on Earth due to the harm it inflicts on human health and the environment. (Related: 5G Danger: Hundreds of respected scientists sound the alarm about health effects as 5G networks go up nationwide.)
There have been reports of people and animals since 2018 suffering symptoms and illnesses following 5G rollout. Several researchers have also warned that activation may be leading to Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in addition to hundreds of thousands if not millions of bird deaths. Research has also disclosed biological and environmental damage brought by exposure to 4G and other sources of wireless Wi-Fi radiation and electromagnetic fields or electrosmog.
In 2019, telecom executives provided congressional testimony that they had no independent scientific proof that 5G is safe and almost all scientists worldwide are against its distribution.
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