Most airlines see minimal impact after 5G rollout, regional flights are still a concern

Following concerns that the rollout of 5G communications technology would seriously disrupt flights in the US, most major airlines have been allowed to continue normal operations. However, smaller regional routes have been in limbo as they await clearance to perform low-visibility landings.

The concerns over the 5G rollout essentially boil down to how the new communications technology could interfere with flight instruments and the ensuing debate between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

5G technology operates on a similar wavelength to the radio altimeter, an essential tool that tells pilots how close the aircraft is to the ground. If 5G waves interfered with the function of radio altimeters, landing in poor visibility would become much more dangerous. The FCC claimed that the new technical rollout would not affect flying, while the FAA expressed serious concerns about potential risks to flight safety.

Just before the full rollout of 5G, Verizon and AT&T agreed to limit the release of the technology within 2 miles of many major airports. What could have been a crisis that crippled the airline industry ended up grounding only about 365 flights, according to FlightAware data obtained by Weekly travel.

According to a report by CNN Business, about 80 percent of the U.S. commercial airline fleet is now approved to fly. The post also includes a list of aircraft approved to resume flying. Factors to consider when obtaining permission include the hardware used and the proximity of airports to 5G service areas.

Doug Parker, the outgoing CEO of American Airlines, expressed confidence that potential problems can be seen in the rearview mirror. In the airline’s recent fourth-quarter earnings call, Parker said: “It’s taken a long time to get to the right place, but we’re definitely in the right place…I don’t think you’ll see any material disruption in the future.” .”

Another airline industry leader Faye Malarkey Black, CEO of the Regional Airline Association, says regional airlines are not quite out of the hot water yet. “We still cannot operate in many major airports and many more spoke airports. And that becomes a problem when bad weather comes along,” she said. While they may not carry as many passengers as major airlines between hubs like Chicago and Atlanta, regional flights are still part of the intricate transportation network that gets travelers where they need to go.

It is not clear how the remaining situation around 5G and air travel will be resolved. While the 5G buffer zones have helped the flow of air traffic between major destinations, regional carriers are still waiting for updates from the FCC, FAA and telecommunications companies. American Airlines CEO Doug Parker is optimistic about the outcome now that the private companies involved have open lines of communication, but time will tell when all flights can return to normal.

For more detailed information about the impact of 5G technology on flying, read “5G Wireless Service and Flight Safety: What You Need to Know” by Travel is waiting for writer and pilot Christy Karsten. Also check out our previous coverage of the 5G rollout issue.

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