AT THE FAA'S AND AIR TRANSPORT ASSN.'S request, the RTCA is launching an investigation into the danger posed by portable electronic devices (PEDs)--particularly cell phones and other transmitting devices--to aircraft systems. A previous review was conducted in 1996 (AW&ST Sept. 9, 1996, p. 82). The challenge will be to develop a process that can be applied to a wide variety of equipment, including ultrawideband devices, transmitting personal digital assistants, pico-cell networks for ...

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