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Thursday, 16 June 2011 08:07

Mobile phones and iPods do bring down aircraft

Written by Nick Farell


Pilots and crew complain
Despite the belief that electronic gear does not really interfere with equipment on an aircraft, pilots claim that there is evidence to the contrary.

Pilots and crews told the International Air Transport Association that between 2003 and 2009, mobile phones, iPods, laptops and other equipment all caused problems. More than 26 of the incidents affected flight controls, including the autopilot, autothrust and landing gear. Another 17 concerned navigations systems, there were 15 incidents of interference affecting communications systems and 13 triggered warnings including “engine indications”.

In one case an electronic devices are believed to have caused the autopilot to switch off at 4,500ft. An IATA report stresses that it does not verify that electronic devices caused the problems, however, but records the impressions of pilots and crew. Mobile phones are believed to have been responsible for 40 per cent of the incidents. In one case a GPS unit in the cabin gave an incorrect reading because two laptops were being used nearby. Electronic interference was also blamed for rapidly changing altitude measurements on a separate flight. Passengers were asked to switch off their devices and the readings returned to normal.

So if the Apple fanboy sitting next to you refuses to turn off his iPad it is probably in the best interests of flight safety to give him a clip around the ears. Even if he has turned it off, you might be doing humanity a favour.

Nick Farell

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+4 #1 kartikkg 2011-06-16 10:34
just switch on your light and you will hear a hiss/click on your radio AM/FM set. Interference occurs cannot deny it
 
 
+4 #2 JEskandari 2011-06-16 11:09
Quoting kartikkg:
just switch on your light and you will hear a hiss/click on your radio AM/FM set. Interference occurs cannot deny it

Guess that sound is more due to power line
rather than FM/AM interference
 
 
+8 #3 Kryojenix 2011-06-16 12:52
How many years has it been since this issue was first highlighted?! I think it's long overdue for the airline and aviation industries to make their systems interference-proof! After all, it doesn't matter how many rules you enforce, there's always a chance for slip-through by some idiot.

And also if they made their system interference-proof, then we could keep using our stuff! :lol:
 
 
+2 #4 crackerz 2011-06-16 13:29
The airplane-tech sucks.. I heard a few years ago that they will build new airplanes that will allow us to be able to have our mobile phones powered on and working during flight and even talking to but it was just words.. if they don't insulate properly all the cables around the airplane(sh*t will happen).

P.S. Build an airplane with wires that have extra shield not only for interference with electronic devices but to be more secure from any possible incident ..oh I forgot, this would cost money and in the end who cares about comfortness and human life ..money is the target so f*ck off (Why we human end up like this?)
 
 
+8 #5 darkpulse 2011-06-16 16:00
Quote:
So if the Apple fanboy sitting next to you refuses to turn off his iPad.....


Then throw the fool out of the freaking plane!! Better one idiot than a plane full of people! Or even his iPad will do. 8)
 
 
+11 #6 iicsus 2011-06-16 18:55
Quoting darkpulse:
Then throw the fool out of the freaking plane!! Better one idiot than a plane full of people! Or even his iPad will do. 8)


Same thing really. Throw his iPad, he will follow.
 
 
+1 #7 crackerz 2011-06-16 19:48
Quoting Kryojenix:
..it doesn't matter how many rules you enforce, there's always a chance for slip-through by some idiot..


I was traveling one time from Greece(Athens) to Holland(Amsterd am) and one stupid man next to me.. had the phone powered on during the flight, he realise that when we landed.

P.S. The idiot that you were talking LOL
 
 
+1 #8 kanecvr 2011-06-16 21:05
Bullshit. Only class a wireless equipment like GSM/CDMA/GPRS may interfere with INSTRUMENTS, not the autopilot or GPS navigation. GPS uses a different frequency then GSM and such.

Also, you can isolate any equipment you want using a simple and "ancient" device - the Faraday cage. It is capable of protecting even against powerful microwave bursts. (tested it out myself with magnetron off a microwave and old laptop inside F. Cage).

There is ABSOLUTELY NO SCIENTIFIC REASON not to use my laptop in flight.
 
 
+2 #9 crackerz 2011-06-16 21:10
Quoting kanecvr:
..There is ABSOLUTELY NO SCIENTIFIC REASON not to use my laptop in flight..


Maybe when the plane is about to crash and all the phones/laptop/ipod etc are closed you cannot write a text saying (The pilot made a bullshit so we are going to die).. and they will find no evidence - no evidence ..oh its an accident

haahahah, just a wrong thought :P
 

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