Re: Detecting consumer electronics possible ?

Date:         10 Nov 96 04:52:44 
From: (Scott Odle)
Organization: Earthlink Network, Inc.
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In article <airliners.1996.2261@ohare.Chicago.COM>,
>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.