Use Of Mobiles Onboard Aircraft

Fri Oct 05, 2001 7:09 pm

With what transpired in the recent terrible events in the USA of September 11th should more research be undertaken/information be made available into the use of mobiles onboard aircraft?

Would you be more likely to fly with an airline that had the facility for mobiles to be used onboard?
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RE: Use Of Mobiles Onboard Aircraft

Fri Oct 05, 2001 7:21 pm

Whenever people complain about the use of mobiles, I remind them of the Crossair Saab340 (granted, they dont really know what either the airline or the aircraft is, but it sounds good enough to them) that crashed, and a major cause was put down to interferrence from high power radio signals most likely generated by a mobile phone. Perhaps one of the Swiss users here could fill us in on more of the details...

However, in a hijack, all that changes, so if you are getting hijacked, go ahead and ring the authorities... The warning they get may well save lives...

Remember also that some airlines (mainly for intercontinental flights) have payphones (some airlines have them in everyseat). Perhaps a free emergency number on those wouldn't be a bad idea...
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RE: Use Of Mobiles Onboard Aircraft

Fri Oct 05, 2001 8:45 pm

From what I've heard most of the calls came using the aircrafts phones. Although a few were personal cells. Once there is a highjacking though, a lot of rules get tossed and best to try and get some info out, any way possible.
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RE: Use Of Mobiles Onboard Aircraft

Fri Oct 05, 2001 8:53 pm

In a hijacking, I guess the safety of the plane is not paramount. If you're gonna die anyway, who cares if a mobile phone interferes with the INS?
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RE: Use Of Mobiles Onboard Aircraft

Fri Oct 05, 2001 9:52 pm

Nope.2 years ago, a passenger on Air China B733 was talking on the mobile phone around 2000 metres during landing.Navigation system was interupted, and so the Air China nearly crashed in front of the runway, but pilot was smart and calm and noticed the failure of the navigation systems.
If it proofs that it's safe, it doesn't really matter.But when a plane is cruising around 11,000 feet, you can't talk with mobile phones,my dad told me this cause he carelessly switched on the phone and didn't switch it off.Just like Jwenting said, who cares using the cellular not when you know you'll be dead within no time?

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RE: Use Of Mobiles Onboard Aircraft

Sat Oct 06, 2001 2:29 am

In all the cases of 911,the planes must have been flying by visual cues,probably hand flown,too,and the use of mobile phones would not have had any impact on A/C behaviour.
In a case like this,I'd have tried anything to get someone one the ground's attention,too.
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RE: Use Of Mobiles Onboard Aircraft

Sat Oct 06, 2001 2:53 am

Jwenting, just a small correction: I think you mean ILS -- the INS is a gyroscope (nowadays, usually laser based) which does not use radio signals to determine position -- hence the name, Inertial Navigation System.

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