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UNITED STATES

News & Regulatory Updates
FAA Allows Airlines to Expand Use
of Personal Electronics
Near the end of October, Federal Aviation Administration
Administrator Michael Huerta announced the agency has
determined airlines can safely expand passenger use of portable electronic devices during all phases of flight, and it is
immediately providing the airlines with implementation guidance. While not directly applicable to the member companies
of the Aircraft Electronics Association, this change in position
indicates the exponential growth in PEDs and their expanded
use in all aircraft.
Due to differences among fleets and operations, the implementation will vary among airlines. But the agency expects
many carriers will prove to the FAA that their planes allow
passengers to safely use devices in airplane mode, gate-togate, by the end of the year.
The FAA based its decision on input from a group of
experts that included representatives from the airlines, aviation manufacturers, passengers, pilots, flight attendants and
the mobile technology industry.
Passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play
games and watch videos on their devices during all phases of
flight, with very limited exceptions. Electronic items, books
and magazines, must be held or put in the seatback pocket
during the actual takeoff and landing roll. Cellphones should
be in airplane mode or with cellular service disabled - no
signal bars displayed - and cannot be used for voice communications based on Federal Communications Commission
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regulations that prohibit any airborne calls using cellphones. If
your air carrier provides Wi-Fi service during flight, you may
use those services. You can also continue to use short-range
Bluetooth accessories like wireless keyboards.
"We believe today's decision honors both our commitment to
safety and consumer's increasing desire to use their electronic
devices during all phases of their flights," said Transportation
Secretary Anthony Foxx. "I look forward to seeing airlines
implement these much anticipated guidelines in the near future."
"I commend the dedication and excellent work of all the
experts who spent the past year working together to give us a
solid report so we can now move forward with a safety-based
decision on when passengers can use PEDs on airplanes,"
Huerta said.
The PED Aviation Rulemaking Committee concluded most
commercial airplanes can tolerate radio interference signals
from PEDs. In a recent report, it recommended the FAA provide
airlines with new procedures to assess if their airplanes can tolerate radio interference from PEDs. Once an airline verifies the
tolerance of its fleet, it can allow passengers to use handheld,
lightweight electronic devices - such as tablets, e-readers, and
smartphones - at all altitudes. In rare instances of low visibility,
the crew will instruct passengers to turn off their devices during landing. The group also recommended that heavier devices
should be safely stowed under seats or in overhead bins during
takeoff and landing.
The FAA is streamlining the approval of expanded PED use
by giving airlines updated, clear guidance. This FAA tool will
help airlines assess the risks of potential PED-induced avionics
problems for their airplanes and specific operations. Airlines
will evaluate avionics, as well as changes to stowage rules and
passenger announcements. Each airline will also need to revise
manuals, checklists for crewmember training materials, carry-on
baggage programs and passenger briefings before expanding use



Avionics News December 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News December 2013

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View From Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
Beltway Briefing
Want to be Found ... and Legal?
Member Profile
Trig Avionics Ltd.
Avionics News Through the Years
EEDirect
A Conversation With...
Member Profile
Avotek Publishes New AET Study Guide
Civil UAV's
Business Basics
AEA Newsmakers at NBAA Convention
What's New
Marketplace Classifieds
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Avionics News December 2013 - Cover1
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Avionics News December 2013 - Point of Communication
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Avionics News December 2013 - AEA Now
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Avionics News December 2013 - The View From Washington
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Avionics News December 2013 - International News and Regulatory Updates
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Avionics News December 2013 - Beltway Briefing
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Avionics News December 2013 - Trig Avionics Ltd.
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