India cancels 8 flights due to 5G rollout in US, aviation regulator closely monitors situation

After the rollout of 5G wireless networks in the United States, India canceled eight Air India flights to and from the United States.

“Due to the deployment of 5G communications in the United States, we will not be able to operate the following flights on January 19, 2022,” Air India said.

India’s Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is monitoring the situation very closely.

DGCA Chief Arun Kumar said: “The Indian Aviation Regulator is working in close coordination with our carriers to address the current situation (5G).”

Airlines around the world have raised the issue of security. Emirates, Japan Airlines, Air India and All Nippon Airways have canceled most flights to the United States due to concerns over the rollout of new 5G wireless networks.

Singapore Airlines already changed the aircraft type for the United States on Wednesday.

“From January 19, SQ12 and SQ11 flights between Singapore and Los Angeles via Tokyo (Narita) will be operated by the Airbus A350-900, instead of the Boeing 777-300ER,” said the Singapore Airlines spokesperson. .

The US-based Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has also raised safety concerns when operating aircraft between 5G high-speed internet communications in the country.

“With safety as its primary mission, the FAA will continue to ensure the safety of the traveling public as wireless companies deploy 5G. The FAA continues to work with the aviation industry and wireless companies to try to limit delays and 5G-related flight cancellations,” read the FAA’s Jan. 17 statement.

Recently, the Federation of Indian Pilots (FIP), which has 6,000 pilots, raised concerns about possible interference of 5G wireless signals with sensitive aviation equipment such as radio altimeters, threatening aviation safety.

“It is important to fully understand and reduce potential 5G signal interference with radio altimeters which are an integral part of aircraft safety systems. We understand that enabling these services is part of India’s selection Coming Soon in the cities,” reads the January 4 FIP letter. .

Additionally, FIP mentioned in the letter that if 5G rolls out, pilots may face safety issues while flying.

“5G signals could interfere with radio altimeters that airliners, business jets and general aviation aircraft depend on low-level flight that it has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) on the “risk of potential adverse effects on radio altimeters” of 5G deployment. In response, the largest network operators in the United States, including Verizon and AT&T, agreed to temporarily suspend the advent of 5G service to give the FAA more time to address concerns about the interference,” the FIP letter read.

Indian carriers may be awaiting pre-operation assurance from the US Federal Aviation Administration and aircraft manufacturer Boeing.

However, Boeing declined to comment on the 5G issues.

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