Aviation groups lobby for 5G delay

Nov. 18, 2022
AT&T and Verizon have agreed to restrict 5G operations near airports until July of 2023 to allow the retrofit or replacement of radar altimeters that can be affected by the C-Band radio signals emitted by the towers, Russ Niles reports for AVWeb.com.

WASHINGTON - A total of 24 aviation industry groups and prominent manufacturers have sent an open letter to all federal departments that regulate radio communications imploring them to delay the full rollout of 5G cellular services while they expedite codifying a comprehensive set of mitigations against potential avionics interference. The letter, signed by virtually all aviation groups, says the industry isn’t ready for the planned July 2023 end of restrictions on 5G transmitters and stakeholders and the flying public will bear the brunt of disruptions that occur if action isn’t taken now, Russ Niles reports for AVWeb.comContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

18 November 2022 - "It is critical to extend these mitigations through he end of 2023 to allow airlines time to complete the retrofit," the letter to the FAA said. "Air carriers will likely be unable to meet either the December 2022 deadlines for smaller regional aircraft and many large transports, nor the July 2023 retrofit deadline."

The letter continued, "Our aviation coalition strongly believes that instead of once again waiting until the eleventh hour, now is the time for the leadership at federal agencies and the White House to implement a solution that allows 5G to move forward and avoid further flight delays and cancellations."

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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