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Friday, October 15, 2010


From NASA's Aviation Safety Reporting System

Issue 369

September 2010

Paperless Flying - Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs)

The day of the paperless cockpit has dawned, and with that, ASRS is hearing more about incidents involving Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs), as these electronic display systems are known. EFB displays may be portable (Class 1), attached to a cockpit mounting device (Class 2), or built into the cockpit (Class 3).

There is no doubt EFB devices are powerful and versatile. With display screens often the size of a laptop computer or approach plate, EFBs can display a variety of aviation data, including electronic manuals and documents, performance and planning data, moving maps and GPS, logs and checklists, spreadsheets, real-time weather, TCAS, terrain avoidance, email, and even the internet. But as pilots transition to the use of these electronic marvels, there are challenges to consider. This month we take a look at common problems reported to ASRS by both air carrier and general aviation users of EFB devices:

- EFB screen readability
- EFB database accuracy
- Lack of pilot training or experience in EFB use.

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