NPA 2016-12

Transposition of provisions on electronic flight bags from ICAO Annex 6

This Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) addresses the transposition of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 6 provisions on electronic flight bags (EFBs), applicable since November 2014, into Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 (the Air Operations Regulation).

The specific objective of this rulemaking task is to maintain a high level of safety with regard to the use of EFBs by ensuring a harmonised implementation of the current provisions of AMC 20-25.

This NPA proposes to introduce an operational approval for the use of EFB applications by commercial air transport (CAT) operators and to introduce proportionate EFB provisions for non-commercial operations with complex motorpowered aircraft (NCC), non-commercial operations with other-than-complex motor-powered aircraft (NCO), and specialised operations (SPO) operators.

The proposed changes are expected to maintain the current level of safety while ensuring compliance with ICAO and limiting the regulatory burden due to the introduction of the operational approval for CAT operations.