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Re: Airline Carryon

The re-write RECOMMENDED that aircraft "operators" (the airlines, in this case) prohibit the operation of "intentional radiators" aboard all aircraft operating under IFR, and aboard aircraft operating under an air carrier certification at all times.  However, it stopped short of actually making the prohibition in the rules, and clearly states that it was drafted with the intent that carriers would actually test personal electronic devices and collect PED manufacturers' data, and develop a shared database of acceptable and unacceptable devices, which has never happened.  The FARs leave the ultimate responsibility for the safe operation of the aircraft (and therefore, any decisions related to safe operation, including the operation of PED's aboard the craft) to the pilot-in-command.

Frankly, I'm way more concerned about someone's laptop, PDA, or GameBoy causing interference to aircraft navigation and communications systems than I am about a 2M or 440 HT!!!  We all know how much "dirtier" those unintentional radiators are than most intentional ones!

George, KA3HSW

-----Original Message-----
From: Al Lawler <al.lawler@oracle.com>
Sent: Jul 5, 2005 5:53 AM
To: Daniel Schultz <n8fgv@usa.net>, amsat-bb@amsat.org
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Airline Carryon

>The issue of OPERATING a radio on a plane is quite different than the issue 
>simply being allowed to carry it onboard in your bag.

  Actually,  I haven't looked in a while, but I was under the
impression that one of the "plain language" re-writes of
FCC part 97 slipped in a prohibition against operating on
"any aircraft operating under instrument flight rules",
which is basically any commercial airliner, thus, even
if the pilot and airline were inclined to permit it, you
would still not be allowed to "operate" it.
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