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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The directorate general civil aviation (dgca) has decided to allow the use of portable electronic devices (peds) including cellphones during flights in the non-transmitting mode.

this has been done by amending the dgca’s civil aviation requirements (car) (section 5 series x part i) relating to air safety an official press release said.

“the use of peds shall be in the non-transmitting mode commonly called flight/airplane mode” it said. the amended car also directs all operators to report to the dgca any suspected or confirmed ped interference or smoke or fire caused by peds. it also lays down the guidelines for crew training.

scheduled operators during their meeting on april 17 with the director general civil aviation raised the demand for allowing use of peds during all phases of flight in the flight/airplane mode.

the dgca examined their demand in view of the new and current regulations of the federal aviation administration (faa) of the united states and the european union aviation safety agency (easa). under the faa and the easa regulations the use of peds is allowed in the airplane mode in all phases of flight.

airplane mode is a setting available on many mobile phones smart phones and other electronic devices which when activated suspends many of the device’s signal transmitting functions thereby disabling the device’s capacity to place or receive calls or use text messaging – while still permitting use of other functions that do not require signal transmission such as games built-in camera mp3 player and so on.

it enables the user to operate the device while on board a commercial aircraft while in flight where the operation of cell phones and other devices that send or receive signals is generally prohibited due to the belief that they can potentially impact aircraft avionics or interfere with ground cell networks.

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