Let’s have a look at the part EFBs play in the modern aviators flightbag.

As time progresses, the age of technology continues to influence the way we approach our flying. Recently there were a few questions floated around how an iPad can be and cannot be used on the flightdeck (yes a 172 has a flight deck).

Upon a little bit of searching through the volume of information on CASAs website, a CAAP appeared that outlines what you need to know about EFBs and their placement in the cockpit.

CAAP 233-1(1) is only an advisory publication but it is a good reference point to understand the expectations around EFBs and their use in our type of operations.

There are a few interesting observations found

The screen size and resolution will need to demonstrate the ability to display information in a manner comparable to the paper aeronautical charts and data it is intended to replace. The recommended minimum size of the screen is 200mm measured diagonally across the active viewing area. If the intent of the installation is to display charts and maps, the device should be suitably sized to display the image without excessive scrolling.

CAAP 233-1(1) Para 7.2.1 Page 7

The above would indicate that an EFB on a phone may not be suitable

EFB that utilize temporary mounts that attach to the aircraft, for example suction mounts, Velcro pads etc., are regarded as Class 1 devices and must be stowed during the phases of flight identified above. These temporary mounts are not considered to be airworthy and may constitute a hazard on the flight deck in certain circumstances. EFBs attached to kneeboard holders do not need to be stowed.

CAAP 233-1(1) Pare 7.4.1

The above would indicate Kneeboards are suitable to use during take off and landing but other devices used to assist holding an EFB in the cockpit may need to be stowed during the takeoff and landing phases of flight.

There is plenty of information to help understand use and it is a worth while read to help familiarise yourself with the safest way to utilise such a great tool in todays modern cockpit.

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