FAA to pilots: Turn off personal devices in the cockpit

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  1. sobore
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    sobore Gold Member

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    http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2013/01/14/pilot-electronics/1833313/

    It's akin to not texting while driving, airline safety expert and former pilot John Cox says.

    The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing to prohibit pilots from using personal wireless devices in the cockpit, although iPads or laptops that pilots use for work would still be allowed.

    Since 1981, the FAA prohibits any activity while taxiing, taking off or landing that could distract pilots from their duties, under what is called a "sterile cockpit" policy when planes are below 10,000 feet in the air. The new proposal would extend the prohibition against personal electronics to the entire flight.

    Read More: http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2013/01/14/pilot-electronics/1833313/
     
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    Why would any pilot have a problem with this policy?
     
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  3. mo26

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    For one thing, a cellphone is an approved method of contact with the airline. It is the fastest way to coordinate emergencies, special requests, etc. with the company.

    On the otherhand, a pilots authority over the aircraft permits departing from any policies at their discretion to ensure a safe flight. So this has a lot more to do with public perceptions than anything else.

    :)

    MO
     
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    The public perception that all that safety hogwash they've been feeding people is just that.

    :)
     
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    I do find the need to spell it out a bit silly. I mean if use of a personal iPad is prohibited and a distraction is the objective then they'll just bring a book to read instead. Spelling out every little device which can't be used is a losing proposition.
     
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  6. mo26

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    let's remember we're dealing with government here!!!!

    Losing propositions is their bread and butter :)
     
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