Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by WX1FLY, Jun 5, 2018.
I'm wondering if anyone has actually tried operating/transmitting from a commercial airline flight.
Why would you?
1. You must have permission from the Captain.
Sorry it is just not going to happen. The primary obstacle to overcome is the possibility your transmissions may interfere with the avionics and navigation. No airline or captain is going to risk the lives of hundreds of passengers on this.
Commercial airlines frown on that for obvious reasons.
I have worked many pilots on HF while they are cruising at altitude, aeronautical mobile is pretty common.
You may find the pilot playing ham on the HF or with an HT, but no commercial pilot is going to let passengers play radio with their own equipment unless they are doing something like a VFR sightseeing flight or hot air balloon ride. All large passenger jets fly IFR at all times, so there is no radio playtime for passengers whatsoever.
Besides for that, the cockpit windows in a jet have fine wires in them for the heaters and are pretty much RF proof. The only practical hamming going on is going to be with the HF gear that is installed in the airplane.
The OP is a pilot, I'm sure he knew the answer before hand.
ive worked a few that were flying private planes... I think pulling out your bao feng from the middle seat on a Southwest flight is a little different
I have using a HT. Talked about 200 miles using 5 watts.
Yes I did get permission from the Captain. SW airline, in 1990 or so.
I'm a new HAM and this came up in a class I was taking at the time. I am a Captain for AA. No one has ever asked me if they could use a radio and I haven't tried it myself. A cursory look at the rule book didn't show any specific prohibitions that I could find so far anyway. I was curious what some of you had to say about it.