US Civil Aviation Regulator Mandates 5G Safeguards By Early 2024

  • The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed that passenger and cargo aircraft in the U.S. have 5G C-Band-tolerant radio altimeters or install approved filters by early 2024.
  • The FAA also prompted airlines to prohibit low-visibility landings after June 30, pending the completion of retrofits, Reuters reports.
  • Concerns over 5G service interference with airplane altimeters disrupted some U.S. airports earlier this year.
  • A similar directive, effective December 2021, prohibited passenger and cargo flight operations in the vicinity of 5G C-Band wireless transmitters pending FAA approval.
  • Verizon Communications Inc VZ and AT&T Inc T in June voluntarily agreed to delay some C-Band 5G usage until July 2023 as air carriers work to retrofit airplanes. 
  • Some international airlines have privately expressed reluctance to install filters absent a legal requirement from the FAA.
  • The report further added that Airlines for America, a trade group representing American Airlines Group, Inc AALDelta Air Lines, Inc DALUnited Airlines Holdings, Inc UAL, and others, said "carriers are working diligently to ensure fleets are equipped with compliant radio altimeters, but global supply chains continue to lag behind current demand. Any government deadline must consider this reality."
  • Airline CEOs in January 2022 had warned against an impending "catastrophic" aviation crisis that could ground almost all traffic because of the 5G deployment.
  • A deal struck before a 2022 deadline did not prevent dozens of foreign carriers from canceling international flights to the U.S.
  • Price Action: AAL shares traded lower by 0.89% at $14.48 in the premarket on the last check Tuesday.
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