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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT: 

DUMMIES OF THE WORLD UNITE – FROM DAILY MAIL:    The chief executives of major U.S. passenger and cargo carriers on Monday warned of an impending 'catastrophic' aviation crisis on Wednesday when AT&T and Verizon finally deploy their new 5G services.  The two companies have spent tens of billions of dollars to license the 3.7 to 3.98 GHz frequency range for their new high-speed C-Band 5G service.  But officials with the FAA and airplane manufacturer Boeing have warned that there is potential for interference with vital aircraft instruments that operate in the 4.2 to 44 GHz range, such as radio altimeters that tell pilots their altitude as they fly in low visibility.   In short, the fear is that false altitude readings could confuse pilots as they approach the runway in poor visibility conditions, with potentially disastrous results. 

The executives warned that some planes could even be grounded permanently over the safety concerns.
And on a day like Sunday, when winter weather gripped the nation, the CEOs claim in their letter that interference to airplanes' altimeters could result in a situation where 'more than 1,100 flights and 100,000 passengers would be subjected to cancellations, diversions or delays.'

...Action is urgent, they added in the letter, writing: 'To be blunt, the nation´s commerce will grind to a halt.'   Y'think maybe they should have addressed this problem a little earlier?  I mean, sorta.  Wednesday I think is, like, this week.  But I'm sure Kammy is on the case.

January 17, 2022