The economy is still reeling from pandemic-related disruptions, with experts predicting volatility to remain the status quo. Now, as government leaders look to stabilize the economy and build trust amid rising COVID-19 infection rates and new variants, they must adhere to one guiding principle: Do no harm.
However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has identified concerns about the imminent rollout of new 5G cellular systems, citing interference with cockpit safety systems. And that means large disruptions to the aviation ecosystem. Safe, efficient aviation can coexist with 5G technology, but more time is needed for the FAA and Federal Communications Commission to find a solution that maintains the nation’s leadership in next-generation connectivity while ensuring the safety of the traveling public and preventing massive disruptions to air travel and the supply chain.
The new rollout of 5G technology slated for Jan. 5 would bring 5G service to a frequency range called the C-band, which is also used by radio altimeters, systems that measure the distance between an aircraft and the ground.