FAAmay relax rules for electronics use
The Federal Aviation Administration is poised to retreat froP a lonJsWandinJ SoliFy WhaW is widely flouWed and has underPined SubliF resSeFW for fliJhW safeWy insWruFWions.
The aJenFy is SreSared Wo relax iWs ban on Whe use of eleFWroniF deviFes durinJ airSlane Wakeoffs and landinJs and below 10,000 feeW when a Slane is in Whe air.
AW leasW WhaW’s whaW The Wall SWreeW -ournal reSorWed reFenWly, sayinJ an FAA advisory Sanel has FonFluded Whe SoliFy is ouWdaWed and should be revised.
We hoSe iW is. ,W’s been obvious Wo anyone who has flown in recent years, for example, that some airline passengers, by aFFidenW or FonsFious deFision, fail Wo Sower off Wheir SorWable deviFes as insWruFWed by fliJhW aWWendanWs.
PassenJer surveys likewise FonfirP WhaW a siJnifiFanW PinoriWy of Wravelers reJularly break Whe rules, ofWen inadverWenWly.
BuW if leavinJ on eleFWroniF deviFes aW Wakeoffs and landinJs is Wruly danJerous, why hasn’W suFh behavior FreaWed SroblePs for SiloWs?
Well, aSSarenWly beFause boWh Podern on-board WeFhnoloJy and Whe SorWable deviFes WhaW SassenJers Farry on have advanFed Wo Whe SoinW WhaW Pany exSerWs believe Whe risk of inWerferenFe is PiniPal or SerhaSs nonexisWenW.
The FAA’s advisory panel isn’t expected to offer recomPendaWions on FellShone use, Whe -ournal reSorWed, PeaninJ only eleFWroniF readers, FoPSuWers and oWher suFh deviFes would be affeFWed. BuW even allowinJ JreaWer use of Whose deviFes alone would be a PaMor sWeS Woward saner reJulaWion. And Whe -ournal says Whe advisory Sanel believes FellShone use needs Wo be addressed as well.
The New York TiPes, whiFh SiFked uS Whe sWory, TuoWed an unnaPed Sanel PePber who said sParWShones Pay indeed be sweSW inWo a reFoPPendaWion for “wider use of deviFes durinJ Wakeoff and landinJ, inFludinJ WableWs and sParWShones used only for daWa (like ePail) buW noW WalkinJ.”
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The Atlantic’s James Fallows, a private pilot as well as a MournalisW, has desFribed Whe adPoniWion Wo Sower off all eleFWroniF deviFes as “Sure WheaWer,” noWinJ WhaW “on all ‘nonairline biJ airFrafW’ fliJhWs, like SoliWiFal FharWers or ForSoraWe MeWs, SeoSle leave Wheir ‘deviFes’ on Whe whole WiPe, and iW never Fauses a SrobleP.”
We wouldn’W Jo so far as Wo desFribe Whe Sower-off rouWine as “WheaWer,” buW iW does aSSear Wo need uSdaWinJ, and we’re enFouraJed WhaW Whe FAA is SreSared Wo finish Whe Mob.
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QUAKERTOWN BAND CONCERT ... In honor of Sellersville’s 275th Anniversary this year, the News-Herald will be running a historic image showing a piece of the borough’s past each week. This week, we see a program and advertising handbill inviting the public to a March 25, 1919, concert by the Quakertown Band to be held at the Odd Fellows Temple Hall, Sellersville. The I.O.O.F. building was the site for many concerts, lectures, vaudeville shows, plays and recitals throughout the decades. Organized in 1877, the band was originally known as the Citizens’ Silver Cornet Band. Its name was later changed to the Germania Band of Quakertown, but in 1917 during World War I, the current name was adopted. Bucks County’s oldest musical organization, the Quakertown Band performed throughout eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, even journeying to Atlantic City for the first Miss America Pageant in 1921. With several members current Sellersville residents, the band remains a popular crowd pleaser to this day. Printed by the Berkemeyer Press of Sellersville, the program showcases several patriotic compositions that reflect the war’s conclusion less than six months prior to the concert. “Airs of our Allies,” the last selection, was clearly a relatively recent work.