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FAA may relax rules for electronics on flights by the end of 2013

FAA may relax rules for electronics on flights by the end of 2013

A source of irritation for air travelers who like digital devices continues to be the fact that most airlines force you to turn your gadgets off at certain stages of flight. The FAA has been conducting a study looking at the possibility of expanding usage for electronics on commercial aircraft during flight. According to the New York Times, the study may result in a significant change to the rules aboard commercial aircraft by the end of 2013.

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American Airlines gets approval for iPad-equipped cockpit

American Airlines gets approval for iPad-equipped cockpit

The Federal Aviation Association announced back in 2011 that it would be rolling out what they call iPad Electronic Flight Bags for use in the cockpit to replace all of the flight manuals and paperwork. Finally, American Airlines is the first airline to get approval for the iPad, and they've given eager minds a chance to take a look at the new system.

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Boeing 787 investigations making progress, but there’s no rush

Boeing 787 investigations making progress, but there’s no rush

Boeing and the FAA ended up grounding all of its 787 Dreamliners last month due to multiple reports of battery failures. Both US-based and international airlines ended up grounding the entire 787 fleet in order to get to the bottom of the issue, and while investigators are making progress into the failed battery problems, they say that there's no rush and no pressure to get it done as soon as possible.

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FAA proposal would prohibit personal wireless devices in the cockpit for pilots

FAA proposal would prohibit personal wireless devices in the cockpit for pilots

I've always thought that allowing pilots to use electronic devices like iPads in the cockpit was a bit unfair to passengers. If it's safe enough for the pilots to use an iPad in the cockpit during all phases of flight, it should be safe enough for passengers to do the same thing I would think. I've always wondered if pilots use their own personal electronic devices in the cockpit, and apparently, they do.

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Live USA Map of Unmanned Drones released by EEF

Live USA Map of Unmanned Drones released by EEF

The term "unmanned aerial drone" might strike a bit of fear into your heart when you see the live tracking map of the USA that's been made available this week by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but not to worry - not all of them are flying overhead right this minute. Instead this is a map that's the result of the EEF's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that covers the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)'s full knowledge of unmanned flights across the United States and what you're looking at is a tracking of project licenses rather than actually flying objects. That said, this map is exciting in its coverage for our greater understanding of unmanned drone flight projects as initiated by state and local law agencies, universities, and US Military operations.

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FAA reconsiders ban on passenger electronics

FAA reconsiders ban on passenger electronics

Anyone who has flown knows the drill, while the Aircraft is loading, and you sit in your seat waiting to take off, you're welcome to use most electronic devices. However, once the plane is ready to roll away from the terminal the flight attendants start telling people to turn off their electronic devices. Once the aircraft reaches cruising altitude, people can again use some electronic devices. However, the FAA has already cleared the iPad to be used by pilots in the cockpit during all phases of flight.

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