Re: Cell phones in cockpit for emergency use ?

Date:         12 Oct 98 00:02:47 
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There are Air Phones available on some airliners. But, they really are not

If an A/C lost all possibilities for communication, all would not be lost.
Even on sunny days, Airliners fly on an IFR plan this gives him the routing
that he will fly, and times to expect further clearance on hand-offs.  If he
looses the radios, all he has to do is squawk 7600 on his transponder, which
is the applicable code.  If he has no XPNDR, the data block would indicated
that on the controllers screen and he would automatically give priority
handling.  If on approach, he would wait until predetermined times and then
continue his approach.  Controllers are excellent at analyzing situations.
If they see things, like no code from the XPNDR or no replies on the radio,
they'll clear the road for him.

I guess if he needed to he could use the phone.  Who would know the number
to O'Hare TRACON though? There must be hundred of phone numbers listed for