FAA Publishes DRAFT Policy on EFB Connectivity

SUBJECT: FAA Publishes DRAFT Policy Memorandum for EFB Class 1 and 2 System Architecture and Aircraft Connectivity for Public Comment

REFERENCE: Aviation Safety Draft Policy Open for Comment

SUMMARY: This memorandum provides policy and guidance for electronic flight bag Class 1 and 2 system architecture (such as portable modules, lithium batteries, charging circuitry and rapid depressurization) and aircraft connectivity (such as aircraft power, data buses and mounting brackets).

This memorandum is applicable to all operators conducting flight operations under 14 CFR, Parts 91, 121, 125, 129 and 135, to obtain airworthiness and suitability of operations approval.

Comments are due: Feb. 20, 2009

AEA COMMENTARY:

This is an important policy for those who manufacture and install electronic flight bags. It places new limitations on the installation of these valuable tools and it adds a significant administrative burden to the installing agency.

All AEA members involved in the manufacturing and/or installation of EFBs are encouraged to review the referenced draft policy and comment by the deadline.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Ric Peri, vice president of government & industry affairs for AEA, by email at ricp@aea.net or by phone at 202-589-1144.

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