Kentucky parks offer elk viewing
Two state parks in eastern Kentucky are offering fall and winter dates for viewing the area’s elk herds. Jenny Wiley and Buckhorn Lake State Resort Parks are offering overnight stays at state park lodges and tours to view the elk. Park officials say the largest herds are located on privately owned lands that are normally closed to the public. They say the tours are one of the few opportunities available to view large gatherings of elk. Tours are available September through March. Elk, after being gone from the state for 150 years, were returned in 1997. They now number around 10,000. Visit parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/buckhorn-lake/default.aspx
FAA studying electronics
It’s going to be a while before airline passengers can use iPads and other electronic devices during the whole flight. The Federal Aviation Administration announced this week that it is starting a process to study the issue, with a timeline that means it will take at least until March 2013 for a recommendation — and maybe longer for action. Smartphones and tablet computers are common in the passenger cabin, and pilots are using iPads in the cockpit. But passengers have to shut off electronic devices when the plane is below 10,000 feet because of worries that signals emitted by the devices might interfere with electronics in the cockpit. The FAA doesn’t actually ban the devices, but it says airlines can only allow devices that have been tested and proven not to interfere with the plane’s electronics. With thousands of devices on the market and new ones coming out each day, airlines simply ban them all during takeoff and landing.