Manual on Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs)
|Publication Date:||1 January 2018|
This guidance material was developed based on the electronic flight bag (EFB) provisions contained in Amendments 38, 33 and 19 to Annex 6 - Operation of Aircraft, Part I - International Commercial Air Transport - Aeroplanes, Part II - International General Aviation - Aeroplanes and Part III - International Operations - Helicopters, respectively.
An EFB is defined in Annex 6 as: "An electronic information system, comprised of equipment and applications for flight crew, which allows for storing, updating, displaying and processing of EFB functions to support flight operations or duties."
The EFB Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) are contained in Annex 6:
• Part I (International Commercial Air Transport - Aeroplanes), 6.25;
• Part II (International General Aviation - Aeroplanes), 2.4.17;
• Part III (International Operations - Helicopters),
Section II (International Commercial Air Transport), 4.17; and
Section III (International General Aviation), 4.12.
When referencing paragraphs 184.108.40.206, 4.12.1, 4.17.1, 6.25.1 of the EFB SARPs, it is to be understood that EFBs will not adversely affect the performance of the aeroplane/helicopter
Paragraphs 6.25.1 and 6.25.2 of the EFB SARPs address the responsibilities of States and operators regarding EFB hardware and EFB functions. As stated in Annex 6, this manual complements the SARPs by proposing guidance on the intent and objectives of the requirements to perform an operational evaluation of an EFB system and its commonly used functions. The guidance is also intended to support the granting of a specific approval by the State of the Operator, where appropriate.
Operators are encouraged to use the EFB system as a source of information.
This manual does not address EFB airworthiness issues; these are covered in Annex 8 - Airworthiness of Aircraft. Not all software functions are eligible as EFB functions. Further guidance is provided in the manual (see Chapter 4).