New FAA Committee to Discuss Use of Tablets, E-Readers During Takeoff/Landing
August 28, 2012 1:05 PM
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The committee will be formed this fall with recommendations due in March 2013
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be forming a committee soon to investigate whether the use of electronic devices can be increased on planes.
The FAA will form the committee this fall with the intention to study the issue for six months. Recommendations should be available in March 2013, but any real actions could take longer.
The committee will consist of pilots, airplane makers, airlines, flight attendants, mobile technology companies, passenger associations and even the public.
This study focuses on whether passengers on an airplane can use tablets and e-readers during takeoff and landing. The FAA was adamant about passengers not using electronics below 10,000 feet because of concerns regarding interference with aviation systems needed to fly the plane. Since there are so many types of tablets and e-readers, where each individual gadget would have to be tested,
the FAA banned them all
However, many argued that there is no scientific proof that these devices cause interference. Also,
American Airlines pilots were allowed to use iPads
in the cockpits starting in December 2011, which raised further questioning.
Back in March,
the FAA said it would review the rules
regarding the use of tablets and e-readers on airplanes during takeoff and landing.
"With the advent of new and evolving electronic technology, and because the airlines have not conducted the testing necessary to approve the use of new devices, the FAA is taking a fresh look at the use of personal electronic devices, other than cell phones, on aircraft," said Laura J. Brown, deputy assistant administrator for public affairs for the FAA.
The Federal Aviation Administration
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RE: Stupid stupid stupid
8/28/2012 4:58:19 PM
Because if, despite the promises of the FCC, the radio in your MP3 player doesn't work due to interference, you get upset and shake your fist.
If the radio on a plane doesn't work due to interference, it misses a TCAS transmission from another plane on a collision course, and hundreds of people die.
I agree the FAA is erring too far on the side of safety. But it's not entirely unwarranted.
RE: Stupid stupid stupid
8/28/2012 5:41:58 PM
I'm sure you are aware of the stringent standards that need to be passed for certification.
A few dinky mp3 players or mobile phones aren't gonna screw up any aircraft communications gear.
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