- Electronic Flight Bags - Amendments to Civil Aviation Orders (CAOs) 82.0, 82.3 and 82.5
The paperless cockpit has become a reality with the advent of the latest technological developments in commercial off the shelf (COTS) electronic tablets. Tablets such as Apple's iPad, and other similar devices, loaded with purpose designed software are now being offered to the aviation industry for use by pilots as portable EFBs.
In response to this development, the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Operations Panel reconvened the EFB Subgroup (EFBSG). This was considered necessary because the Operations Panel recognised that ICAO's current EFB Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), including the supporting guidance material (GM), have become obsolete by the release of the latest tablet technology.
The EFBSG was tasked with the development of high-level SARPs and detailed GM that will address basic requirements for the issuance of operational approvals for EFBs by the State of the Operator. That work has been incorporated into the new SARPs and a new EFB Manual for operators. CASA has participated in EFBSG meetings since it was reconvened to ensure Australia's harmonisation with ICAO.
Until now, CASA has not legislated for the use of EFBs. However, the use of EFBs by flight crew must be properly managed and administered to ensure the integrity of the data and the reliability of the device is commensurate with the paper equivalent.
NPRM 1211OS identifying two key change proposals was published on 8 August 2012, proposing amendments to CAO 82.0. The submission period closed on 23 September 2011. Amendments to CAO 82.0, 82.3 and 82.5 placed obligations on AOC holders where certain flight crew may be required to use EFBs in the execution of their daily duties. The amendment was designed to address identified risks by requiring the introduction of operator procedures to ensure that air safety is not compromised by the use of EFBs.
The amendments to the Orders will remove any potential legal obstruction to use EFBs. It will also facilitate Australia's obligations under Annex 6, Operation of Aircraft, Parts I, II, and III of the Chicago Convention. Comprehensive guidance material in the form of a CAAP has also been developed for both private operators and by AOC holders.
Contact: Charles Lenarcic, Project Leader
- NFRM 1211OS - Addendum
- NFRM 1211OS - Electronic Flight Bags - Amendments to Civil Aviation Orders (CAOs) 82.0, 82.3 and 82.5
- Annex A - Summary of Responses to NPRM 1211OS - Electronic flight bags
- Annex B - Civil Aviation Order 82.0 – Air operators' certificates – Applications for certificates & general requirements
- Annex C - Civil Aviation Order 82.3 – Conditions on air operators' certificates authorising regular public transport operations in other than high capacity aircraft
- Annex D - Civil Aviation Order 82.5 - Conditions on air operators' certificates authorising regular public transport operations in high capacity aircraft
- Annex E - Civil Aviation Advisory Publication – CAAP 233-1(0) – Electronic Flight Bags