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GPS Devices On During Flight Or Near

Fri Jun 04, 2004 11:30 pm

They are now prohibited on alot of US carriers. There have been instances of passengers causing a commotion of airplanes being off course when in reality, the aircraft made a turn to a specific heading and the passenger didn't understand quite how to use the GPS properly.

OK I saw the following post in a Yahoo Group Deal and I was just curious can this really happen? Or can it effect the Aircrafts GPS Computer at all? Also what are some Good GPS Devices besides your cell phone.
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RE: GPS Devices On During Flight Or Near

Fri Jun 04, 2004 11:53 pm

GPS's are approved electronic devices on air carriers in Canada. For now. If passengers start causing a commotion every time the plane turns away from a direct track from destination, they might start getting banned. But electronically, no problem. You can go nuts with them on Canadian carriers (figuratively).
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RE: GPS Devices On During Flight Or Near

Sat Jun 05, 2004 12:35 am

I have used my GPS several times on American and Brazilian carriers. It is amazing to look the route. The only thing is that I had to hold it by the window at all times. I can't remember being adverted about it.


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RE: GPS Devices On During Flight Or Near

Sat Jun 05, 2004 12:46 am

Since a lot of aircraft have GPS systems fitted anyways, I can't see as it would pose much of a problem?

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RE: GPS Devices On During Flight Or Near

Sat Jun 05, 2004 7:21 am

What does the passengers ignorance have to do with the GPS changing the course of a plane? Or am I misunderstanding something?

GPS only receives signals, and like all electronic devices, they are all made according to FCC standards. So I don't see why they should be a problem.

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