Mobile phones in planes could be approved by American FAA
Posted on 16-Jul-2003 08:09
Filed under: News
Cell phone use aboard commercial planes in flight could be approved in about three years if a new study authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration shows that their transmissions don't threaten safety.
The study by the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics, a non-profit advisory panel to the FAA, should be completed by October 2005. The RTCA panel includes representatives from airlines, airplane makers and the electronics industry. The FAA typically takes six months to a year to act on RTCA recommendations.
The study was also announced on the Washington Post last month, and is to be conducted by the nonprofit group RTCA , will investigate the effects of high-altitude communications from handheld computers, laptops and cell phones.
Experts say there is no proof that wireless devices interfere with navigation systems. David S. Watrous, president of RTCA, formerly known as the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics, said anecdotal evidence suggests that some pilots have had trouble with their equipment when passengers used wireless communications devices.