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RE: How do I log on while in flight?

  • From: Leigh Anne Chisholm
  • Date: Thu Jun 27 17:21:06 2002

Since when did any Canadian Federal Government department do anything that
corresponds with the policy of other Canadian Federal departments? (-:

I know several pilots that have left their phones on while in flight - or that
have used them "because they can".  They haven't experienced the effects
others in the US have reported - and again, likely due to the less-dense
nature of the Canadian cellular network.

You found something in the AIP?  Well yes, I found that too, but these days
that's been the ONLY thing I've been able to find.  Oh... I'm longing for the
good ol' days (pre-"CARS").

  -- Leigh Anne Chisholm
     Network Engineer
     Applied Design Networks

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joe Abley []
> Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2002 3:13 PM
> To:
> Cc: Scott Weeks;
> Subject: Re: How do I log on while in flight?
> On Thursday, June 27, 2002, at 04:54 , Leigh Anne Chisholm wrote:
> > The FCC prohibits communication using a cellular telephone while in an
> > aircraft in US airspace.  In Canada, I don't believe there is such a
> > regulation.
> I couldn't find the energy to go swimming in the Canadian Air
> Regulations, but I did find this in the AIP Canada:
> > COM 5.14 Pilot Cellular Phone Use During a Radio Communications Failure
> >
> > [...]
> >
> > In the event of an in-flight radio communications failure, and only
> > after normal communications failure procedures have been followed (see
> > RAC, the pilot-in-command may attempt to contact the
> > appropriate NAV CANADA ATS unit by means of a cellular phone. Before
> > the pilot begins using a cellular phone to contact ATS in the event of
> > an in-flight communications failure, transponder-equipped aircraft
> > should squawk Code 7600 (see RAC 1.10.7).
> This at least suggests that there's no CRTC restriction on using
> cellular telephones from altitude (or that any such CRTC restrictions
> can be overriden by Transport Canada).
> Joe

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