Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Embraer transponder may be put in standby accidentally

A story in the latest edition of AvWebBiz (edited by our own Jeb Burnside) reports that the FAA is warning that Embraer Legacy or EMB-135/140/145 regional jet pilots might be able to inadvertently put the transponder into standby mode.

It involves accidentally bumping it with your foot while using the installed footrests.

This is doubly interesting because the Embraer is the plane that was involved in the tragic midair in Brazil, where the authorities claimed that the U.S. pilots had turned off the transponder. We've said all along that this seemed extremely unlikely, because there's no plausible reason for the pilots to have turned of this important instrument.

But if it could have been put in standby accidentally.



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