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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

FAA Seeks to Prevent Texting While Flying

FAA is proposing a rule that would prohibit pilots and flight crew from using personal electronic devices on the flight deck while aircraft is being operated.

The agency filed a 19-page proposal for the rule in the Federal Register on Tuesday.

In 2012, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act made it unlawful for flight crewmembers to “use a personal wireless communications device or laptop computer while at the flight crewmember's duty station on the flight deck of such an aircraft while the aircraft is being operated.”

FAA said the newly proposed rule seeks to amend the 2012 legislation to extend the prohibition against crewmembers and pilots using personal electronics for the entire flight.

The proposal was prompted by several incidents, including a flight in February 2009 when a Colgan Air co-pilot sent a text message about five minutes prior to being cleared for takeoff, and the flight later crashed killing 50 people onboard.

The agency will now collect comments about the proposal over the next two months. More

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