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Joint meeting, IEEE EMC and SAE

March 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

  • The meeting includes a buffet dinner with a St. Patrick‚Äôs Day theme and refreshments.
  • The SAE Chicago members will sponsor a raffle and other prizes.
  • Meeting is free of charge, and is open to all interested parties, and not just IEEE members
  • Registration: Contact Kathy Barri at 630-495-9770 x 0

Portable Electronic Devices and Aircraft

Dave Walen – Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Aircraft
Electromagnetic Compatibility, Federal Aviation Administration

Portable electronic devices such as smart phones and tablets are indispensable for many people. These devices integrate high speed computer processors, electronic cameras, satellite-based position services, and radios to support voice and data communications. In late 2013, US airlines allowed passengers to use their tablets, laptops, e-readers and video players during all phases of flight, but require that passengers turn their phones to “airplane mode” during flight. This change seems inconsistent with the earlier restrictions where passengers had to turn off all portable electronic devices during takeoff and landing.
Mr. Walen will give the technical backstory for the electromagnetic compatibility issues addressed to allow use of portable electronic devices during flight today. He will describe the relationship between portable electronic device electromagnetic emissions and potential interference to aircraft avionics, navigation, and radio systems. He will address recent standards that define how aircraft manufacturers and airlines demonstrate tolerance to portable electronic device electromagnetic emissions.

Speaker Bio

Mr. Walen is the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Aircraft Electromagnetic Compatibility within the Aviation Safety organization, joining the FAA in 1996. In this position, he works within FAA, with other aviation regulatory authorities, and with the aviation industry to develop aircraft electromagnetic interference and lightning protection policies and guidance. He also provides aircraft electromagnetic interference training for FAA engineers and industry engineers with delegated authority from the FAA. Prior to joining the FAA, he worked at the Boeing Company for 19 years as an engineer and manager for aircraft electromagnetic interference, lightning protection and antenna design. He received his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of North Dakota. He is a Professional Engineer in Washington State, and a NARTE certified EMC engineer.

  • Social Hour and Dinner 6:00- 7:00pm
  • Society Announcements 7:00-7:30pm
  • Presentation: 7:30- 8:30pm


March 16, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Elite Electronic Engineering
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