Re: Cell phones in cockpit for emergency use ?

Date:         12 Oct 98 00:02:46 
From: (John Wright)
Organization: Janet, me and our cats in our little cottage
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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

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