Appendix G to TAA Advisory 2012-01

Operational Evaluation Checklist – Fleet Level

 

No. Operational Evaluation
Checklist
Checklist ItemAcceptable
Yes / No / N/A
1.EFBA Is the nominated EFBA suitably qualified and trained?  
Do the listed responsibilities match the requirements of the system?  
Are there adequate resources assigned to the EFBA function?  
2.Crew Procedures Are there appropriate procedures for all phases of flight?  
Are the procedures clearly presented, suitably illustrated and readily understood?  
Is there a clear description of the system, its operating philosophy and operational limitations?  
Has the information in the AFMS been incorporated into the company SOPs?  
Have crew procedures for EFB operation been integrated with existing SOPs?  
Are there suitable crew cross-checks for verifying safety-critical data?  
Is any additional workload mitigated/controlled?  
Are there contingency procedures for total or partial EFB failure?  
Do the procedures cover system re-boots, lock-ups and recovery from incorrect crew actions?  
Do crew procedures include a requirement to verify the revision status of software and data?  
Are crew procedures to ensure the EFB transmit functionality is disabled during classified communications acceptable?  
3.Operational
Risk Analysis
Has total and partial failures of the EFB been considered?  

Has loss of data and corrupt/erroneous outputs been considered?

 

Has the impact of the EFB on the MEL been assessed?

 
Have strategies and procedures been implemented to deal with a battery fire?  
4.Training
Program
Are flight crew members and (where applicable) ground staff training programs fully documented?  
Is the training methodology matched to the participants’ level of experience and knowledge?  
Have adequate resources (time/personnel/facilities) been assigned for training?  
Is there access to actual or simulated EFB equipment for interactive training?  
Does the training material match the EFB equipment status and published procedures?  
Does the training program include human factors/Crew Resource Management in relation to EFB use?  
Does the training program incorporate training for system changes and upgrades?  
In cases where multiple variants of the same aircraft are being operated, has the impact on training/checking and currency been assessed?  
Is there a published recurrent training, checking and currency program?  
If applicable, does the training program maintain crew proficiency in non-EFB procedures (e.g., paper charts)  
5.Hardware Management Procedures Are there controlled documented procedures for the control of hardware and component stocks?  
Do the procedures include repair, replacement and maintenance of EFB equipment and peripherals?  
6.Software Management Procedures Are there documented procedures for the control of installed software?  
Are the access rights for personnel to install or modify software components clearly defined?   
 Are there adequate controls to prevent user corruption of operating systems and software?  
Are there adequate security measures to prevent system degradation, viruses and unauthorized access?  
Are procedures defined to track database expiries and obtain and install monthly chart database updates?  
7.Data
Management Procedures
Are there documented procedures for the control and management of data?  
How do the procedures interface with procedures used by external data providers?  
Are the access rights for users and administrators to manage data clearly defined?   
Are there adequate controls to prevent user corruption of data?  
8.Security Procedures Is there an acceptable plan to prevent unauthorized modifications to EFB system and is there a mechanism to identify, assess and protect against security threats?  
Are there acceptable configuration control mechanisms in place?   
Has it been verified that EFB does not accept a data load that contains corrupted contents?  
Are there adequate procedural security measures implemented where technical measures are not appropriate or suitable?  
9. Use of
Own-Ship Position
Does implementation minimize the possibility of displaying misleading own-ship position to flight crews?  
Does own-ship symbol change to a non-directional depiction when heading or track not available?  
Is own-ship symbol removed when GNSS data stream no longer available?  
If applicable, has confirmation of five-meter airport map database accuracy been obtained?  
Is current level of zoom indicated on display?  
Have own-ship training requirements been incorporated into EFB training program?  

Has the following been added to the Fleet SOP:   

This EFB is not certified as a navigation system.  The TAA has not assessed the EFB for performance or reliability of the platform hardware or software (including GPS functionality).” 

 
 Comments:   

  

 

 Limitations or procedures required for operational use:   

    

 

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