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Opinion 10/2017

Transposition of provisions on electronic flight bags from ICAO Annex 6

The objective of this Opinion is to maintain a high level of safety with regard to the use of electronic flight bags (EFBs) by all types of operators.

This Opinion proposes to amend Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 by:

  • introducing EFB-related definitions into Annex I (Definitions);
  • introducing implementing rules (IRs) for the use of EFBs by commercial air transport (CAT) operators, including an operational approval for the use of EFB applications having a failure condition limited to minor; and
  • introducing proportionate requirements for the use of EFBs by non-commercial operations with complex motor-powered aircraft (NCC)/commercial specialised operations (SPO)/SPO with complex motor-powered aircraft (CMPA) operators.

The proposed amendments are expected to maintain the current level of safety while ensuring compliance with the ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and limiting the regulatory burden due to the introduction of the operational approval for CAT operations.