EMC fails flight test

EMC fails flight test
Richard Ball Despite rigorous research, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has failed to find evidence of aeroplane systems being adversely affected by passengers’ electronic equipment. “So far it’s been very difficult to replicate the incidents reported by pilots,” said a CAA spokesperson. The CAA commissioned the Defence Evaluation Research Agency (DERA) to carry out the research which is now nearing completion. “So far it has not shown any links,” said the spokesperson. The Authority expects that existing rules, whereby electronic equipment is banned from use during take-off and landing, will remain unchanged. In the past five years, the CAA has received 13 reports of glitches in aircraft systems following passengers using laptop computers and games.


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