Appendix D to TAA Advisory 2012-01

Portable Electronic Flight Bag Evaluation Checklist

 

 

Item

EFB
Evaluation Checklist

Check Items

Acceptable
YES / NO / N/A

1. Stowage Is stowage readily accessible in flight?  
Shown that stowage does not cause obstruction during foreseeable aircraft operations? [CERT]  
Shown that stowage does not cause any hazard during foreseeable aircraft operations? [CERT]  
2. Viewable Stowage
(e.g., Suction cup mounts)
Is the make and model of the suction mount clearly specified?  
Have the acceptable locations for securing the mounting device been adequately defined?  
Have the effects of decompression on the effectiveness of the securing device been adequately considered?  
Have instructions been provided for the securing and removal of the mounting device?  

Has it been established that, if the mounted EFB becomes unsecured for whatever reason, it will not:

  • jam the flight controls (e.g., rudder pedals, tiller, yoke),
  • damage flight deck equipment, or
  • injure flight crew members?
 
Have maintenance requirements and instructions for long term care of the mounting device been provided to ensure the continued effectiveness of the securing device?  
Have maintenance requirements and instructions for long term care of the window to which the suction cups are secured been considered or modified to account for the suction cup mounting?  
Given that the security of the suction cup mount cannot be ensured during a decompression event, do the Standard Operating Procedures and/or Quick Reference Handbook adequately address this emergency condition?  
3. Cabling If the EFB has associated cabling, is it long enough to perform the intended function?  
Is it short enough that it will not hang loosely and compromise task or safety? [CERT]  
Is there a means to secure the cable?  
4. Data Connection Has the data connection been certified? [CERT]  
Has it been determined that the EFB does not interfere with other aircraft systems? [CERT]  
Is the aircraft systems and network security acceptable? [CERT]  
5. Mounting Has the mounting device and its crashworthiness been certified? [CERT]  
Has it been determined that the mounted EFB does not obstruct aircraft displays? [CERT]  
Has it been determined that the mounted EFB does not obstruct aircraft controls? [CERT]  
Has it been determined that the mounted EFB does not impede ingress or egress? [CERT]  
Does the mounted EFB allow easy access to the EFB controls? [CERT]  
Does the mounted EFB provide a clear view of the EFB displays? [CERT]  
Is the mounting easily adjustable to accommodate flight crew member preferences? [CERT]  
Can the mounting device be easily locked in place? [CERT]  
Can the mounting device be stowed out of the way of crew member operations when not in use? [CERT]  
If the mounting is on the control yoke, have flight control system dynamics been considered? [CERT]  
Does the mounting present any hazard to any crew member? [CERT]  
6. Position

Is it to be handheld and/or placed on the lap?

(Note that if it is to be used during critical phases of flight, it must be secured to a kneeboard, viewable stowage device or aircraft mounting device)

 
Can the EFB be used without obstructing controls or instruments? [CERT]  
Has it been demonstrated that the potential for confusion that could result from presentation of relative directions when the EFB is positioned in an orientation inconsistent with that information is acceptable?  
Is the EFB within 90 degrees either side of the pilot’s line of sight?  
7. Reflections Will the EFB cause any unacceptable reflections or glare in the intended use position? [CERT]  
8. Lighting [CERT] Is the display brightness adequately adjustable for day/night operations?  
Are controls and control labels adequately lit?  
9. Readability Is display readable in all foreseeable lighting conditions including direct sunlight?  
10. Controls Are all controls clearly labelled for their intended function?  
Are the controls suitable for use in the cockpit?  
Are the controls useable in turbulence?  
11. Electrical Power Sources Is the EFB Power Source certified and appropriately labeled?  
If an updated electrical load analysis is required, has it been completed satisfactorily? [CERT]  
Is there a means, other than a circuit breaker, to disable the EFB in the event of unwanted operation? [CERT]  
Did the design consider sources of electrical power and independence?  
Was useful battery life established?  
Was battery replacement interval identified?  
If Lithium batteries are used, were use of Lithium battery safety concerns adequately addressed?  
12. Electromagnetic Interference
with Other
Aircraft Systems
Has EFB been shown to be EMC with the aircraft. [CERT]  
Has the aircraft been shown to be PED tolerant? [CERT]  
Have ground tests been conducted to demonstrate non-interference with other aircraft systems? [CERT]  
Have flight tests been conducted to demonstrate non-interference with other aircraft systems? [CERT]  
13. Environmental Aspects If foreseeable environmental operating conditions exceed OEM specifications, has appropriate testing been conducted and supporting evidence provided (e.g., have rapid decompression test results been provided)? [CERT]  

Comments:

 

 

Limitations or procedures required for operational use:

 

 

 

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