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FRIDAY — DECEMBER 27, 2013 — ISSUE NO. 587

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Happy New Year to all. May the coming year be full of joy, and happiness for you. The formula that works for me is included in this week's THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK.

Continuing our discussion from last week about potential problems with using cellphones onboard aircraft, Jay Thompson did his homework and reported some important details on this issue from the FCC's NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rule Making). Check it out in the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR section.

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From:Jay Thompson / Thompson Communications <>
Subject:  Cellphones on Aircraft
Date:December 20, 2013
To:Brad Dye

From page 13: [NPRM FCC 13-157]

"The most common Airborne Access System in use internationally today consists of an airborne picocell and a network control unit (NCU)."

"In effect, an airborne picocell is a low power base station transceiver installed in the aircraft for the purpose of communicating with (and controlling the operations of) mobile handsets or other transmitting electronic devices onboard an aircraft."

". . . the picocell controls the power levels of all transmitting mobile broadband devices operating onboard aircraft, keeping them at or near their minimum output power."

"In addition, the NCU raises the noise floor within the cabin to prevent devices from attempting to communicate with terrestrial networks".


Jay Thompson

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