The military is scrambling to understand the aviation crash risk from a new 5G sale

Jan. 8, 2021
At the core of the concerns are radar altimeters, a critical piece of aviation technology used by military, commercial and civil aircraft of all types, Valerie Insinna and Aaron Mehta report for Defense News.

WASHINGTON - As part of a broader move to boost the 5G industry in the United States, the Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 8 began auctioning a portion of C-band electromagnetic spectrum, a move the committee’s chairman, Ajit Pai, celebrated as “a big day for American consumers and U.S. leadership in 5G.” Valerie Insinna and Aaron Mehta report for Defense NewsContinue reading original article.

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

January 8, 2021 - Aviation groups worry that 5G operations on the spectrum sold by the FCC could cause interference that would provide inaccurate readings on altimeters or cause their failure outright, in essence leaving pilots unaware of how far they are from the ground and potentially leading to crashes over the United States.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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