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What 5G might mean for aviation

On Behalf of | Jan 6, 2021 | Uncategorized

When 5G technology was announced, many Americans were excited as the fifth generation in wireless technology promised to make communications faster and more efficient for anyone using a cellphone. A small but vocal minority raised some objections to 5G, which were mostly dismissed. Now, however, several players in the commercial aviation are voicing their concerns.

Understanding the C-band

All of this relates to the technology that the FCC has made available to cellular communications giants. The faster communication delivered by 5G comes courtesy of the C-band electromagnetic spectrum. Traditionally, this has been used for aviation instruments like altimeters.

Some aviation professionals are concerned that with more people tapping into the C-band, there could be interference with crucial instruments. Advocates have even speculated that 5G technology may increase military aviation accidents. This could be devastating for a number of reasons.

First, the idea of American service members losing their lives due to instrument failure is hard to stomach. Secondly, even a non-fatal accident could result in the loss of expensive military equipment. Finally, if there’s a chance that the implementation of 5G technology can affect the operation of aircraft, that could be a national security risk. Unfriendly nations could use that fact against the United States.

Pursuing compensation after an aviation accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in a military aviation accident, it’s important to retain an experienced attorney. Pilots make many decisions based on their altimeter readings. If these are not accurate or are tampered with, many lives could be lost. A lawyer who understands the reports related to aviation incidents may be able to use them as evidence to support your case.