Date: 12 Oct 98 00:02:46 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (John Wright) Organization: Janet, me and our cats in our little cottage References: 1
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On 05 Oct 98 00:26:47 , in <airliners.1998.1547@ohare.Chicago.COM>, JF Mezei 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. Some time ago Pilot magazine in the UK reported that an SAS DC-9 on climb out turned back and landed after the autopilot disconnected. This appeared to be coincident with a passengers cellphone ringing, although only circumstantial evidence exists to link the two events. >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 ? Pilot has also reported the case of a single engine aircraft doing just this - getting navigational information from Stansted via cellphone after electrical failure. -- John Wright "There's spam egg sausage and spam, that's not got _much_ spam in it." "I don't want *any* spam..."