[aprssig] N1547C tracker

Ray McKnight shortsheep at worldnet.att.net
Thu Oct 20 18:05:12 CDT 2005

The link you provided has absolutely *nothing*
to do with private aviation!  It is entirely within
the context of commercial passenger airlines,
which are operating under IFR rules.  On a private
plane, under VFR rules, and below the FCC's
limit (and I don't recall if its 3,500 or 3,000 ft),
you can use a cell phone.  I was specifically informed
of this directly from a supervisor at FCC HQ in Washington.
It's irrelavant to APRS so I'm not going to waste time
trying to track down a regulatory cite for you.  You can't
take regulations out of context, it just doesn't work.  I'd
suggest you call your local FSS and talk to a pilot.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John K9IJ" <k9ij at vx5.com>
To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2005 15:46
Subject: Re: [aprssig] N1547C tracker

> At 05:41 PM 10/20/2005, you wrote:
> >Actually, cells phones *can* be used on aircraft in flight.
> >They are specifically permitted at altitudes under 3,500
> >(or was it 3,000?) ft.  You're confusing airline regulations
> >with FAA and FCC regs.  The airlines, operating under IFR
> >rules, can restrict whatever they deem potentially dangerous,
> >regardless of whether it may be permitted by other regs.  And
> >they all do prohibit cell phones.  It has a lot to do also with
> >potential lost revenues from their own installed seat back phones.
> Not true...
> http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/cellonplanes.html

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