ICAO - 10020
Manual on Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs)
|Publication Date:||1 January 2015|
This guidance material was developed based on the electronic flight bag (EFB) provisions contained in Amendments 38, 33, 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 Annex 6 as:
"An electronic information system, comprised of equipment and applications, for flight crew which allows for storing, updating, displaying and processing 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), paragraph 6.24;
• Part II (International General Aviation - Aeroplanes), paragraph 2.4.17;
• Part III (International Commercial Operations - Helicopters), Section 2, paragraph 4.17; and
• Part III (International General Aviation - Helicopters), Section 3, paragraph 4.12.
When referencing Sections 220.127.116.11, 4.12.1, 4.17.1, 6.24.1 of the EFB SARPs, it is to be understood that EFBs shall not adversely affect the performance of the aeroplane/helicopter
Sections 6.24.1 and 6.24.2 of the EFB SARPs addresses the responsibilities of States and operators regarding EFB hardware and EFB functions. As stated in Annex 6, this manual is complementing the SARPs by proposing guidance to understand the intent and objectives of the requirements to perform an operational evaluation of an EFB system and its commonly used functions, and where appropriate, to grant an specific approval.
Operators are encouraged to use it also as a source of information.
This manual does not address EFB airworthiness issues; these are covered in ICAO Annex 8 - Airworthiness of Aircraft. Not all software functions are eligible as EFB functions. Further guidance is provided in the manual (see Section 4).