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The item "Mobile phone ... OFF" is (or at least was) actually a part of the Before Engine Start checklist on several commercial aircraft types. I tried to come up with a reference, but most photos found online only refer to PC simulator software. However, there seems to be one actual photo of the checklists on the cockpit table from a real A320 aircraft ...


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I am a novice, non-professional pilot. I have never seen anyone (instructors, examiners, other pilots) switch their phone to airplane mode, and in fact it is not uncommon to make cell phone calls from the air. It is also extremely common to use data connected applications (e.g. ForeFlight) from the air. That being said, it seems like a pretty good idea to ...


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it depends on the flight. With a low altitude lower speed ( <200kts) GA flights they can still be useful and can serve as a usefull backup. Once you travel faster than 200 kts, and higher than about 12,000 you end up switching cell towers too fast and the phone uses a lot of power trying to get as strong enough signal. If connected to the planes power ...


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Before the recent pilot shortage started to really take effect this was fairly common around the globe and is still prevalent in some places. Low Cost Carries like Ryanair pinch pennies across the board to offer cheap flights. This in turn created a segment of the market that the major airlines (at least in the US and presumably elsewhere) took advantage of. ...


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Almost always. If they don't, you often end up with this annoying sound on the radio:


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