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Prohibition on Personal Use of Electronic Devices on the Flight Deck

Abstract: This rulemaking will prohibit flight crewmembers in part 121 operations from using a wireless communications device or laptop computer for personal use while at their duty station while the aircraft is being operated. This rulemaking will also clarify that this prohibition does not apply to the use of wireless communications devices for a purpose directly related to operation of the aircraft. The action is necessary to mitigate distractions in the cockpit, increase situational awareness, and reinforce sterile cockpit procedures, as recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Additionally, this action is necessary to conform with the requirements of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (Pub. L. 112-95, sec. 307).
RIN: 2120-AJ17
Type: Rule Making
SUB TYPE Rulemaking and Procedural Rules
Disposition Pending
Action Office AFS-200
Legal Deadlines Source NPRM
Legal Deadlines Description NPRM
Legal Deadlines Date November 16 2012, at 12.00 AM EST
Legal Deadlines Action Statutory
Government Level Affected No

65 Comments

  • This proposed regulation essentially duplicates FAR 91.13 regarding careless and reckless ...
    Public Submission
    Posted: 03/19/2013
    Submitter Name: Matthew ...
  • Rockwell Collins commends the FAA's initiative to establish policy for the use of mobile/p...
    Public Submission
    Posted: 03/20/2013
    Submitter Name: Terrence ...
    Organization: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
  • see attached
    Public Submission
    Posted: 03/18/2013
    Submitter Name: Charles ...
    Organization: ALPA
  • See attached file(s)
    Public Submission
    Posted: 03/19/2013
    Submitter Name: Rachel ...
    Organization: University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • I have been traveling for business and pleasure for most of my career. In that timeframe, ...
    Public Submission
    Posted: 03/18/2013
    Submitter Name: Eduardo ...
  • Delta is in support of this proposed amendment to ยง121.542. Delta currently has company p...
    Public Submission
    Posted: 03/19/2013
    Submitter Name: Charles ...
    Organization: Delta Air Lines, Inc.
  • The job of a flight captain is one which requires constant attention. Such attention can b...
    Public Submission
    Posted: 03/19/2013
    Submitter Name: Tudor ...
  • Public Submission
    Posted: 02/13/2014
    Submitter Name: AviaNaut ...
  • I agree with this rule because it would ensure that flightcrew members be prohibited from ...
    Public Submission
    Posted: 03/18/2013
    Submitter Name: Amy ...
  • I believe that the flight crew member duties as defined in 121.542 are absolutely ac...
    Public Submission
    Posted: 11/17/2014
    Submitter Name: James ...