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FCC pledges to help the FAA in the review

Everyone knows that electronics we commonly use such as smartphones, tablets, and digital readers don't really interfere with the electronics inside an aircraft. This fact was proven accurate when some airlines began issuing pilots iPads containing manuals and other content with approvals to use them during any aspect of flight.

Despite the fact that the pilot in the cockpit can use his or her iPad during takeoff, flight, and landings, passengers in the back of the plane had to turn off all of their devices until the aircraft reached cruising altitude. The FCC is now pressuring the FAA to allow greater use of electronic devices during flights. FCC Chairman Julius Genachkowski recently called on the FAA to "enable greater use of tablets, E-readers, and other portable devices" during flights.
 
Considering that these devices are already approved for use while aircraft are at a safe cruising altitude, it only makes sense that the expanded usage privileges would extend to takeoff and landing as well.

 Pilots can already use iPads during the entire flight [Image Soure: The AirplaneNut]

The FAA previously launched a study group to review policies on in-flight use of electronic devices. However, the study did note that the FAA was not considering allowing voice communications during flights on smartphones and other mobile devices.

"This review comes at a time of tremendous innovation, as mobile devices are increasingly interwoven in our daily lives," Genachowski writes. "They empower people to stay informed and connected with friends and family, and they enable both large and small businesses to be more productive and efficient, helping drive economic growth and boost U.S. competitiveness."

Genachowski placed in the letter that the FCC would work with the FAA, airlines, and device manufacturers during the review.

Source: The Hill



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By Chaser on 12/7/2012 11:08:45 AM , Rating: 2
I fly regularly. It irks me when I am reading an ebook off my tablet and am told to "power it down" why the guy next to me remains immersed in his book or newspaper.




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