Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, today joined a broad coalition of airports, airlines, aircraft manufacturers, and other aviation stakeholders to call for a delay in expanding 5G technology nationwide. The coalition’s full statement is below.
Aviation Stakeholder Coalition Calls for Delay of 5G Over Safety Concerns
Arlington, Va. (Jan. 3, 22) – Key aviation stakeholders representing airlines, manufacturers, airports and associations today issued the following statement calling on the White House to avoid further disruptions to the aviation environment by delaying the rollout of C-Band 5G signals:
“Time has run out and it’s imperative that the White House intervene today to delay the imminent rollout of C-band 5G signals. Starting Wednesday, the disruptions to our country’s aviation system are going to be incredibly challenging, especially at a time when the industry is currently experiencing COVID-related operational issues.
“We are just hours away from this C-band 5G rollout, yet the aviation industry is still anxiously awaiting details on how aviation will be impacted and on how crew members will need to operate to maintain safety and minimize disruptions.
“The United States has the safest aviation system on the planet and it is imperative that we do all it takes to keep it that way. As stakeholders, we have been working for years on identifying a path forward that would benefit all parties – but the FCC, AT&T and Verizon have been unwilling to participate. We respectfully call on President Biden to intervene and delay the full implementation of C-band 5G until proper risk assessments have taken place and crewmembers are fully briefed as to the extent of the disruptions.”
Aerospace Industries Association
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Airports Council International – North America
Experimental Aircraft Association
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Helicopter Association International
International Air Transport Association
National Air Carrier Association
National Business Aviation Association
Regional Airline Association