drinkstrolley
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Handheld GPS In Flight

Tue Oct 11, 2005 7:22 pm

Are passengers allowed to use these on board UK departing and UK based flights?

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FutureFO
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RE: Handheld GPS In Flight

Tue Oct 11, 2005 10:43 pm

If it is like here in the US, they are not allowed as they do interfere with the instruments up front.


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dw747400
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RE: Handheld GPS In Flight

Tue Oct 11, 2005 10:51 pm

Actually, they are allowed on many airlines in the US.

I'd suggest checking with the airline in question... many airlines include the GPS in the "approved electronic equipment" list they publish.

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FutureFO
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RE: Handheld GPS In Flight

Tue Oct 11, 2005 10:54 pm

Actually in our manual at the company I work for now and the others I have worked for they are listed on the non-approved Portable Electronic Devices list. Also when I fly as a non-rev, I have seen F/A's on the other airlines approach pax that are using them and ask them to the GPS off.


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Smalbany
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RE: Handheld GPS In Flight

Tue Oct 11, 2005 10:54 pm

I have used a handheld GPS on flights in the US. I assume that similar rules would be in effect for UK flights.

I always check with the flight crew first so they know what I am up to. Every time they have allowed me to use it like any other electronic device - only after departure and not during final landing sequence. It works fine if you hold the antenna right up to the window.

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RE: Handheld GPS In Flight

Wed Oct 12, 2005 12:03 am

Quote:
Actually in our manual at the company I work for now and the others I have worked for they are listed on the non-approved Portable Electronic Devices list.

Thats entirely possible, but I know for a fact WN and AA have them listed as approved equipment, so this is something that varies by airline--not an FAA or FCC regulation. Again, I do agree with you that it is prudent to check with the airline.
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RE: Handheld GPS In Flight

Wed Oct 12, 2005 1:34 am

Quoting Dw747400 (Reply 5):
but I know for a fact WN and AA have them listed as approved equipment, so this is something that varies by airline

Likewise, CO now allows them onboard, something that has transpired only in the last six months.
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bond007
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RE: Handheld GPS In Flight

Wed Oct 12, 2005 3:15 am

Quoting Dw747400 (Reply 5):
and AA have them listed as approved equipment

..well, not according to them!

..."During flight, never use cellphones (to make or receive calls), two-way pagers, radios, TV sets, remote controls (example: DVD, CD, game, or toy remote controls), a cordless computer mouse, commercial TV cameras, or Global Positioning Systems. "


But, the answer is....as others have said....ask the airline. Many airlines in the US do allow them now.

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RE: Handheld GPS In Flight

Wed Oct 12, 2005 6:41 am

Don't see why they wouldn't be approved... I always used to take my handheld aviation GPS on flights with me before I got hired with my airline.. Ive had on several occasions the FA come up and ask me if a pax can have their GPS on...
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