Why is 5G a concern of Airlines?

Why is 5G a concern of Airlines?

Team Ambitiousbaba are here with a Current Affairs Special Series. In this series, candidates will be introduced to current affairs topics daily, which will not only improve their general awareness but also will ensure that the candidates do not lack in any current affairs topic. Today’s Current Affairs topic is “Why is 5G a concern of Airlines?

Some flights to and from the U.S. have been set off on Wednesday after AT&T and Verizon’s rollout of high-speed wireless service. Airlines forced to cancel immediately more than 320 flights by Wednesday evening, or a little over 2% of the U.S. total.

After the warnings from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Chicago-based plane maker, International carriers that depend on the wide-body Boeing 777, and other Boeing aircraft, cancelled early flights or shifted to different planes following.

Major reason behind the cancellation of flights:

On 14th January, US aviation regulator ‘Federal Aviation Administration’ (FAA) had said that “5G intervention with the aircraft’s radio altimeter could prevent engine and braking systems from changing to landing mode, which could forbid an aircraft from stopping on the runway”.

Altimeter can calculate height of the aircraft above the ground. The band on which altimeter function is near to that on which 5G system works.

Why only US airlines facing concern?

Mobile networks have been used in more than three dozen countries, but there are very quite differences in how the U.S. networks are built.

There are several reasons on the rolling out 5G technology’s challenge for airlines in the U.S. than in other countries: The usage of a more powerful signal strength by cellular towers, the 5G network functions on a frequency which is near to the one many altimeters use, and cell tower antennae point up at a higher angle.

As per the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, they don’t find any problems on the continent caused by 5G interference. Even they try to mitigate airline interference French telecom providers ordered to decrease the strength of their high-speed networks near airports.

Question & Answer:

Q1. Which country’s airlines had been canceled?

Ans. USA

Q2. What is the main concern behind cancelation of flights?

Ans. 5G rollout

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