Airplane Mode

Aviation experts are worried that 5G networks could interfere with airplane electronics and increase the risk of plane crashes. Yikes!

The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to auction off C-band frequencies for 5G today, but it is not clear if the network would interfere with aviation electronics.

“I see a very significant safety issue here unless we find a way to mitigate it,” Terry McVenes, president of RTCA Inc., a Washington-based nonprofit that studies technical issues involving aviation, told Bloomberg. His agency produced a 217-page study laying out the hazards of using this spectrum for 5G.

A trade group for the U.S. carriers is encouraging the FCC to do more research on this and a coalition of 15 aviation-industry groups sent a letter on Monday to the FCC reiterating these concerns, which they claim to have been expressing since 2017.

This is not only a U.S. problem. In France, 5G rollout has been slowed while this matter is studied further.

 

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