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Subject: [IP] Maybe the cause is bad desigb of aircraft cell phones and electronic devices are a risk to planes]

  • From: Dave Farber <dave@farber.net>
  • To: ip@v2.listbox.com
  • Date: Sun, 05 Mar 2006 16:53:46 -0500

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Subject: RE: [IP] more on Maybe cell phones and electronic devices are a
risk to planes
Date: Sun, 05 Mar 2006 16:31:32 -0500
From: Bob Frankston <Bob2-19-0501@bobf.frankston.com>
To: dave@farber.net
CC: 'Dewayne Hendricks' <dewayne@warpspeed.com>

I couldn't resist send a note to Spectrum:

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I'm amazed that the report doesn't cite the aircraft designers for
incompetence. If aircraft is so vulnerable to even the weakest signals in
an RF-laden world then they are too dangerous to fly. Is a PDA more
dangerous than megawatt transmitters on the ground as plans are coming in
for a landing?

The devices cited are part of our basic technical infrastructure. The
effort to find reasons to blame them for problems seems to have a
moralistic agenda. If there are problems then they must be addressed by
those most at risks - the aircraft. Why are they so vulnerable? If they are
then we should ground the complete fleet until they are able to operate in
today's world.

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Long ago Dewayne Hendricks commented that if planes were so vulnerable then
they should be fixed.

Why so much attention to what I consider moral threats rather than real
threats that do exist?







- -----Original Message-----
From: Dave Farber [mailto:dave@farber.net]
Sent: Sunday, March 05, 2006 09:17
To: ip@v2.listbox.com
Subject: [IP] more on Maybe cell phones and electronic devices are a risk
to planes



Study is in the March issue of IEEE Spectrum.



http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/mar06/3069



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