Date: 10 Nov 96 04:52:44 From: email@example.com (Scott Odle) Organization: Earthlink Network, Inc. References: 1 Followups: 1
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In article <airliners.1996.2261@ohare.Chicago.COM>, firstname.lastname@example.org says... > >There has been much talk lately about the impact of adult toys (laptops, >GPS, walkmans etc) on on-board navigation equipment. > >Obviously, airlines introducing fancy on board entertainment and >electronics have a way to ensure that these do not interfere with >the navigation equipment. Is it fair to assume that equipment is >available to detect/measure the emi emissions from a "thing" ? No. This equipment goes through rigorous tests both in labs and as installed in each model aircraft to ensure that no EMI/RFI exists. >Would it be theoretically possible to have such equipment on the plane >that would detect the use of passenger electronics which interfere with >the navigation equipment ? (Eg: pilot are told that there are emissions >which interfere with navigation equipment thus rendering it unreliable). Very doubtfull. There is just to many types of "toys" and to many differences between aircraft. Just because something may be a problem in one aircraft does not mean it will cause problems in another. That is why avionics/equipment installed on aircraft are approved on a model by model basis.