What do I need to do?
The use of EFB in the flight deck is not mandatory, it is an alternative option to the current paper based flight bag.
The operator is to designate a competent person as an EFB Administrator who will be responsible to manage the administration of the operator’s EFB hardware and software. The operator should assign the EFB Administrator responsibilities and duties to ensure the proposed paperless system is as robust and reliable as the paper-based system that is being replaced. Operators must ensure that EFB Administrators are provided with adequate resources and a suitable level of training.
Managing EFBs for operational use
The operator should also assign the EFB Administrator responsibilities and duties to ensure the proposed paperless system is as robust and reliable as the paper-based system that is being replaced
Operator training program
The operator should establish suitable training programs for ground staff and crew members. Once it is established, the training program will need to be evaluated in house by the Head of Flying Operations to determine that, where applicable:
- the program is fully documented;
- the training methodology matches the level of knowledge and experience of the participants;
- the operator has assigned adequate resources to deliver the training;
- procedures are clearly presented, suitably illustrated and readily understood;
- adequate EFB and/or EFB simulation equipment has been provided;
- human factors and cockpit resource management are included in the training;
- training for flight crew to carry out cross-checks for verifying safety-critical data;
- the training material matches both the EFB equipment status and the published procedures;
- the training program incorporates training for system changes and upgrades; and
- if applicable, the training program maintains crew proficiency in non-EFB (e.g. paper charts) procedures.
Software application management procedures
The operator is required to establish documented procedures for the control of installed software. These procedures must include:
- a clear definition of who has access rights to install or modify software;
- adequate controls to prevent user corruption of operating systems and software; and
- adequate security measures to mitigate viruses and unauthorised user access.
Data management procedures
The operator shall establish documented data management procedures. These procedures will need to:
- interface satisfactorily with procedures used by external data providers;
- define access rights for users and administrators;
- incorporate necessary EFB operations into existing operations manuals and AFM supplements;
- provide adequate controls to prevent user corruption of data; and
- provide means for the flight crew to recover the EFB to the default settings.