Notice of Proposed Rule Making -
Electronic Flight Bags - Proposed amendments to Sections 82.0, 82.3 and 82.5 of the Civil Aviation Orders
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 is well advanced and expected to be finalised in the first half of 2013. CASA has participated in EFBSG meetings since it was reconvened to ensure Australia's harmonisation with ICAO.
Currently, CASA does not legislate 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.
CASA is proposing to amend CAO 82.0, 82.3 and 82.5 to place certain obligations on AOC holders where certain flight crew may be required to use EFBs in the execution of their daily duties. This amendment will be 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.
An amendment to CAO's 82.0, 82.3 and 82.5 will remove any potential legal obstruction to the use of the latest technology. The amended Orders will facilitate Australia's with the proposed standards in Annex 6, Operation of Aircraft, Parts I, II, and III of the Chicago Convention.. The amendment to the order includes comprehensive guidance material in the form of a CAAP. The CAAP supports the new rules with guidance material that is applicable to portable EFBs used by both private operators and by AOC holders.
How to respond
Comment period now closed.
- NPRM 1211OS – Electronic Flight Bags – Proposed amendments to Sections 82.0, 82.3 and 82.5 of the Civil Aviation Orders
- ANNEX A – Proposed Legislative Changes – Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 82.0
- ANNEX B – Proposed Legislative Changes – Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 82.3
- ANNEX C – Proposed Legislative Changes – Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 82.5
- Annex D –Proposed Draft CAAP 233-1(0) – Electronic Flight Bag