NPA 2014-14

Portable electronic devices II

This Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) addresses a regulatory issue related to portable electronic devices (PEDs). There is no safety recommendation linked to this rulemaking task.

The specific objective of this proposal is to enable the expanded use of PEDs during various phases of flight by reviewing and updating the operational provisions related to the PED policy.

This NPA proposes to amend the Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM) by adhering to the following approach:

  1. The operator has to ensure that PEDs have no negative impact on the safe operation of the aircraft, i.e. the operator has to demonstrate that PEDs do not interfere with on-board electronic systems and equipment.
  2. In accordance with 1., the use of PEDs may be granted under the responsibility of the operator, i.e. the operator decides which PED may be used during which phases of the flight.

The proposed changes are expected to establish a more reasonable and more passenger friendly framework for the use of PEDs. These changes will give operators reliable tools to mitigate PED-related risks and hazards, and, therefore, are expected to maintain a high uniform level of safety during all phases of flight.

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