AT&T and Verizon are expected to release their 5G networks across the U.S. on January 19, but the launch could land more than 9,000 commercial helicopters, including Medevac rescue helicopters.
The wireless service can make radar altimeters that measure altitude unreliable, and U.S. law requires all commercial helicopters to have a working flight device.
Without radar altimeters, landing in remote areas or hospital landings will be nearly impossible, said Ben Clayton, interim CEO of Life Flight Networks, as reported Bloomberg.
The problem is that helicopter helicopters have to land and take off in remote areas, which makes their ability to measure altitude crucial to a successful mission.
Other commercial helicopters are also relying on this technology to carry out excursions or law enforcement vessels that need to be installed in off-road terrain.
The International Helicopter Association (HAI) filed a petition with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in October demanding that ambulances be exempt from the law once 5G is introduced.
And on January 13, HAI finally received a response, but received only partial approval.
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AT&T and Verizon are expected to release their 5G networks across the U.S. on January 19, but the launch could mean that many Medevac helicopters will be grounded as a result.
Na Based on the extremely widespread impact on radio altimeters…, the FAA will grant relief to holders of Part-119 certificates carried out by the HAA [helicopter air ambulance] operations in areas where the FAA has determined that disturbances in the 5G C band affect or could affect the radio altimeter, “according to FAA.
However, there are thousands of HAAs in the U.S. that take care of at least 300,000 people a year who need to be taken to a medical facility.
Helicopters used in medical transport often land and take off from locations other than airports or heliports to evacuate victims of natural or traffic accidents.
A reliable radar altimeter is required to ensure the safety of the helicopter, paramedics and patients.
The wireless service can make radar altimeters that measure altitude unreliable, and under U.S. law, all commercial helicopters must have a working device in order to fly. Pictured is Verizon going up in Utah
Nevertheless, the FAA says this mode of transportation cannot be grounded even if the device is not working properly due to 5G interference.
“Allowing the use of NVG in HAA operations in locations outside the airport or in undeveloped areas where the radio altimeter could experience interference is in the public interest,” the FAA said in a statement.
“The public interest in allowing such operations to continue is considerable, especially given that some 40,000 to 50,000 such operations take place at night outside the airport or uncultivated areas.”
The U.S. reported a total of 9,348 helicopters in 2019, four times the next largest fleet in Canada.
There were many quarrels between AT&T and Verizon and the US government before the official launch.
The presentation was originally scheduled for January 4, but due to concerns about how the service will affect airlines, the companies agreed to a two-week postponement to give the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) enough time to fix the problem.
Aviation officials fear that 5G signals near airports could interfere with some instruments on the plane, including a radio altimeter used to measure altitude
The problem with the 3.7 to 3.98 GHz frequency, known as the C-Band, is that both wireless operators have spent tens of billions of licenses to use it to power their ultra-fast 5G networks.
Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing have warned that there is a possibility of disruption in vital aircraft instruments operating in the adjacent 4.2 to 4.4 GHz band, including radio altimeters that communicate pilots their altitude in poor visibility.
In short, there are fears that in rare cases, erroneous altitude readings could confuse pilots as they approach for landing in poor visibility conditions, with potentially disastrous results.
However, a two-week delay by the FAA should give enough time to ensure that there will be no disruption to aircraft, but the same cannot be said for helicopters.
EXPLANATORY STATEMENT: DEVELOPMENT OF MOBILE BROADBAND UP TO 5G
The development of the G system began in 1980 with the invention of the mobile phone, which made it possible to transmit analogue data over telephone calls.
Digital came into play in 1991 with 2G and SMS and MMS capabilities were introduced.
Since then, the capacity and capacity of the mobile network has increased significantly.
More data can be transferred from one point to another via the mobile network faster than ever before.
5G is said to be 100 times faster than the currently used 4G.
While the jump from 3G to 4G has been most beneficial for mobile browsing and work, the move to 5G will be so fast that it will become almost real-time.
This means that mobile operation will be as fast as office internet connections.
Potential uses for 5g include:
- Simultaneous translation into multiple languages in a customer conference call
- Self-driving cars can stream movies, music, and navigation information from the cloud
- The entire 8GB movie can be downloaded in six seconds.
5G is expected to be so fast and efficient that it could lead to the end of wired connections.
The industry estimates that by the end of 2020, 50 billion devices will be connected to 5G.
Evolution from 1G to 5G. Predicted 5G speed is more than 1Gbps – 1000 times higher than existing 4G speed and could be implemented in future laptops