Re: Cell phones in cockpit for emergency use ?

Date:         12 Oct 98 00:02:43 
From:         Arthur.Leung@Eng.Sun.COM (Arthur Leung)
Organization: Sun Microsystems Computer Corporation
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In article <airliners.1998.1547@ohare.chicago.com>,
JF Mezei  <jfmezei.spamnot@videotron.ca> wrote:
>OK, cellphones are a big no-no for on airlines. But it seems that the biggest
>reason is because at altitude it "confuses" land-bases cell sites.
>
>However, if an airplane were to loose all power (or all radios), would it
>still be feasable to use a passenger's analog cell phoen to keep in touch with
>ATC/tower ? If so, should it now become part of the "drill" for pilots to
>request that a pax lend a cellphone as soon as problem is discovered just in
>case they may need one ? (or perhaps have aricraft equipped with one charged
>cellphone that works over the frequencies used by the countries the plane is
>called to travel over ?

as you mention, activating more than one cell may confuse the
cell switches.  however, many private pilots carry a handheld
aviation radio with transmit and receive capability.  many of
these units also have a VOR function.  these are not high
power units, so their range may be limited, but they probably
have more worldwide coverage than your average cell phone system.

-- arthur