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FCC considers allowing in-flight calls as Department of Transportation considers banning them

The FCC may soon change their rules to allow passengers to make cellphone calls during flights, but they might still be banned if the Department of Transportation (USDOT) deems it necessary. While the FCC took steps yesterday that might allow cellphone use during flight, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that USDOT will consider using their power to ban calls through the FAA. However, if even in the FAA does ban calls, it doesn't really reverse any decision by the FCC, according to POLITICO:

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FAA to officially allow use of electronic devices during takeoff and landing

The Federal Aviation Administration has changed their regulations regarding the use of electronics during takeoff and landing. The rule change will allow airlines to determine whether a flight will permit the use of electronic devices during all stages of the flight.

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FAA may soon lift restrictions on use of iPhones, iPads, other electronics during takeoff and landing

A Federal Aviation Administration advisory panel will formally recommend that restrictions on use of electronic devices on aircraft be loosened. The formal recommendation will be sent to the FAA on Monday. If the FAA implements the recommendation, passengers will be able to use devices such as iPhones, iPads, and e-readers during takeoff and landing, according to the AP:

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Want to use your iPad during takeoff and landing? The FAA may soon allow it!

You may soon be able to use your iPad on flights during takeoff and landing, as the Federal Aviation Administration is considering loosening restrictions on devices that can be powered on during those times. The list of permitted devices would not include cellphones, and would be restricted to so-called “reading devices” such as Kindles and iPads, and all devices would be required to be put in airplane mode.

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FCC chairman urges FAA to allow use of tablets during takeoff and landing

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski is urging the Federal Aviaition Administration (FAA) to "enable greater use of tablets, e-readers, and other portable devices" during all phases of flight, according to a report by The Hill. The FAA has been studying the question of gadgets during these phases for some time, stating in March that they were reconsidering the policy and forming a committee in August to study their current policies, though no recommendations have yet been made.

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F.A.A. reconsidering no-gadget policy during airplane taxi, take-off, and landing

A spokesperson at the Federal Aviation Administration said they are reconsidering the requirement to turn off your gadgets on the plane while landing and taking off.

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American Airlines gains FAA approval to use iPad in all phases of flight

According to ZDNet, American Airlines is the first Airline to gain FAA approval to use iPads in place of traditional flight charts and manuals during all phases of a flight. American Airlines previously had permission from the FAA to trial the use of iPads with electronic charts during the summer. The successful conclusion of that trial has lead to approval to put the iPads into full service.

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Alaska Airlines now using iPad for flight manuals

Alaska Airlines has decided to ditch paper and will begin using the iPad for flight manuals, further propelling the tablets' popularity in the aviation space.

Alaska Airlines has become the first major US airline to hop on board the paperless bandwagon [...] the airline has announced that it will be replacing its traditional flight manuals with iPads.

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FAA approves Apple iPad for pilot flight charts

The FAA has given a thumbs up for a flight charter company to begin using the iPad in place of paper flight charts, making it much easier and more efficient for pilots to keep tabs on their flight charts while on the ground and in the air. Wired reports:

The Federal Aviation Administration is allowing charter company Executive Jet Management to use Apple's tablet as an approved alternative to paper charts.

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