Leaders of the world’s two largest aircraft manufacturers have called on the US government to delay the launch of new telephone services under 5G technology.
In a letter, senior executives at Boeing and Airbus warned that the technology could “have a major negative impact on the aviation industry.”
Concerns arose before that 5G wireless technology in the C-band spectrum can interfere with aviation electronics.
American telecommunications legends in turn AT&T and Verizon will launch 5G services from January 5.
Boeing and Airbus leaders Dave Calhoun and Jeffrey Nittal said in a joint letter to U.S. Transport Secretary Pete Boutique that “the 5G interruption could negatively affect the aircraft’s ability to operate safely.”
Airlines research team for the United States has found that if the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 5G rules went into effect in 2019, approximately 345,000 passenger and 5,400 cargo flights would be delayed, diverted or canceled.
The Department of Civil Aviation and the FAA have raised concerns about possible interference from 5G technology in sensitive aircraft equipment such as radio altimeters.
“Airbus and Boeing are working with other US aviation partners to understand potential 5G interference in radio altimeters,” Airbus said in a statement.
“An aviation safety proposal to mitigate potential risks has been submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation for consideration,” he added.
The FAA warned of flight eligibility orders this month 5G disruption can lead to air disruptions, Says it will provide additional information before the January 5 release date.
In November, AT&T and Verizon delayed the commercial launch of the C-band wireless service by one month until January 5 and took precautionary measures to control the interruption.
Aviation industry groups have said the measures did not go far enough Boeing and Airbus have made a counter-proposal to restrict cellular transactions around airports and other important areas.
Last week, United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said the FAA’s 5G directives would ban the use of radio amplifiers at about 40 major airports in the United States.
The US wireless industry group CTIA has accused 5G technology of being secure and distorting the facts by creating fear in the aviation sector.
“A delay can cause real damage. A one-year delay would cost $ 50 billion in economic growth and rebuild our country from epidemics,” CTIA Managing Director Meredith Adwell Baker wrote in a blog post last month.