VOLUME 3 GENERAL TECHNICAL ADMINISTRATION
CHAPTER 66 PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Section 1 Expanded Use of Passenger PEDs for Aircraft Operations Conducted Under Parts
91 Subpart K (Part
A125 LODA holders), and
3-5219 REPORTING SYSTEM(S).
A. PROGRAM TRACKING AND REPORTING SUBSYSTEM (PTRS). Aircraft
operations conducted under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) parts
91 subpart K (part
A125 Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA) holders) and part
safety inspectors (ASI) will use the following PTRS activity codes, as applicable:
• Avionics: 5323.
• Cabin Safety: 1323.
• Maintenance: 3323.
• Operations: 1323.
NOTE: ASIs must use Google Chrome to download the PTRS Work Activity Pocket Guide
from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Enhanced Flight Standards Automation System (eFSAS) at
B. Safety Assurance System (SAS). Aircraft operations conducted under 14 CFR parts
will use the following System/Subsystem Performance Data Collection Tool (SP DCT), as applicable:
• SP 2.2 121A, OP Aircraft Operations;
• SP 2.2 135B, OP Aircraft Operations;
• SP 2.2 135E, OP Aircraft Operations;
• SP 4.6 121A, AW Maintenance Special Requirements;
• SP 4.6 135B, AW Maintenance Special Requirements;
• SP 4.6 135E, AW Maintenance Special Requirements;
• SP 5.2 121A, OP Cabin Operations;
• SP 5.2 135B, OP Cabin Operations; and
• SP 5.2 135E, OP Cabin Operations.
3-5220 OBJECTIVE. This section contains information and guidance to ASIs providing oversight
of parts 91K,
A125 LODA holders), and
holders implementing policy that allows expanded use of passenger-supplied portable electronic devices (PED) throughout various phases
of flight. This section also includes information about the PED Focus Team (PFT)
established to support ASIs in reviewing, evaluating, and accepting an operator’s proposal for expanded use of passenger PEDs.
3-5221 GENERAL. On January 7, 2013, the FAA established the PED Aviation
Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to provide a forum for the United States (U.S.) aviation
community and government regulatory groups to review PED policy and guidance.
This ARC was tasked with making recommendations on allowing additional passenger
PED usage without compromising the continued safe operation of the aircraft.
The ARC submitted its final report and recommendations to the FAA on September 30, 2013.
3-5222 PED USE DETERMINATION. Parts
§ 135.144 establish
the regulatory requirements for the use of PEDs. These regulations permit the unrestricted use of (1) portable voice recorders, (2)
hearing aids, (3) heart pacemakers, (4) electric shavers, and “any other portable
electronic device that the operator of the aircraft has determined will not
cause interference with the navigation or communication system of the aircraft
on which it is to be used.” With the exception of the four devices listed above,
the aircraft operator is solely responsible for determining which PEDs may be
used on its aircraft. Each operator’s PED policy identifies what types of devices
may be used during which phase(s) of flight. Crewmembers are responsible for informing passengers about the aircraft operator’s PED policy.
NOTE: Regulations referenced in this paragraph were published before
the widespread use of electronic systems that perform critical aircraft functions.
Guidance in industry standards for addressing PEDs on aircraft, such as RTCA,
Inc. documents DO-294, Guidance on Allowing Transmitting Portable Electronic
Devices (T-PEDs) on Aircraft, and DO-307, Aircraft Design and Certification
for Portable Electronic Device (PED) Tolerance, addresses all aircraft systems
whose failures would affect the safety of the aircraft, or are required for
aircraft operation. Most aircraft today include electronic systems for primary
displays, engine control, and fly-by-wire controls. Wireless radio frequency
systems, such as wireless emergency light systems, are being installed to perform
safety-related functions. When reviewing an operator’s expanded use of passenger
PED policy, ASIs should encourage operators to follow the industry guidance
and address potential interference to all aircraft systems whose failures would
affect the safety of the aircraft, or are required for aircraft operation as part of their PED use determination described in paragraph 3-5225A.
3-5223 GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS FOR OPERATORS. The PED ARC report identified
a method of expanding the use of passenger PEDs beyond what has been historically
accepted. To support industry, the FAA published Information for Operators (InFO)
13010, Expanding Use of Passenger Portable Electronic Devices (PED), and InFO
13010SUP, FAA Aid to Operators for the Expanded Use of Passenger PEDs, to provide
guidance on an acceptable method for the expanded use of passenger PEDs. This guidance and the ARC report can be found at:
3-5224 PFT. Flight Standards Service (AFS) has established the PFT,
also known as the PED Standardization Assistance Team (PEDSAT), to directly
support ASIs in expediting review and acceptance of an aircraft operator’s proposal
to expand passenger PED usage. The PFT supports PED policy review and interfaces
with other FAA-approved programs. Personnel from the Air Transportation Division
(AFS-200) and the Aircraft Maintenance Division (AFS-300) populate the PFT.
These policy divisions have collaborated with the PED ARC. The PFT has created
a dedicated email address, PEDSAT@faa.gov, so government
and industry personnel can communicate with the PFT. ASIs should immediately
either (1) contact the PFT via email or (2) contact the PFT team leader directly
at 202-267-1704, if inspectors need assistance or have questions about acceptance
and/or approval of an operator’s program changes. The PFT will coordinate issues
with the requesting ASI and include the appropriate geographic AFS Regional Office (RO) branch in correspondence.
3-5225 POLICY FOR EXPANSION OF PASSENGER PED USE. Both technical
and operational concerns must be addressed when expanding use of passenger PEDs.
The FAA has developed an aid for operators, InFO 13010SUP, as a tool for use
when determining if expanded PED use is appropriate. The paragraphs below outline
the general areas to be addressed and provide guidance to ASIs for reviewing
an operator’s proposal. Refer to InFO 13010 and associated InFO 13010SUP for
more detailed information, and immediately contact the PFT with any questions or concerns.
A. PED Use Determination – Technical. To comply with §§
operator must determine that the use of passenger PEDs will not interfere with the aircraft’s navigation and communications systems. InFO
13010SUP describes an acceptable method of compliance to assist in making this
determination. The FAA does not approve an operator’s finding of non-interference.
An ASI should accept a proposal consistent with InFO 13010 and InFO 13010SUP. ASIs should
contact the PFT if assistance is needed in determining the technical acceptability of an operator’s proposal for expanded passenger PED use.
B. PED Use Determination – Operational. Expanding passenger PED
use to other phases of flight may require an operator to revise various parts
of its policies, manuals, and passenger information literature. Communication
of the changes to crewmembers and passengers is critical to support the expanded
use of passenger PEDs. ASIs should contact the PFT if assistance is needed in
determining the operational acceptability of an operator’s proposed program changes.
1) Flight Manuals/Handbooks/Checklists. Operator procedural and
communications checklists for normal, abnormal, and emergency operations may need revisions and approvals, as applicable.
2) Predeparture Safety Briefing. Operator procedures should address
the expanded use of passenger PEDs during the safety briefing. Operators should
ensure compliance with 14 CFR Part 382, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel, when developing their expanded PED policy.
3) PED Securing and Stowage. An operator may need to revise its
approved carry-on baggage program to allow expanded use of passenger PEDs. Appendix
G of the PED ARC Report provides considerations for an operator when establishing
policy and guidance for securing and stowing PEDs. Allowing expanded use of passenger
PEDs into the takeoff and landing phases of flight may also change
the flight attendants’ (F/A) responsibilities from confronting and reporting
passenger noncompliance to informing passengers of the content of PED policy.
F/As should inform passengers regarding the safest way to secure and stow all
items. An expanded operator’s program should address the following general concerns (as required):
• Large PEDs, such as full-size laptops, must be safely
stowed so as not to present a hazard in the event of severe turbulence, crash forces, or emergency egress.
• PED policy should define “small PEDs” and
describe how these items may safely remain powered on, as long as they are secure (not loose) during
takeoff and landing. For example, the passenger may have a small PED secured in-hand, in a belt or arm holster, or in a pant pocket.
• PED cords or accessories must not impede emergency egress.
• PED policy should still prohibit the use of e-cigarettes.
NOTE: For additional information, refer to FAA InFO 13010SUP, Section
4, Operational Policy and Procedures, and Appendix C, Securing and Stowing Passenger PEDs.
3-5226 FUTURE ACTIVITIES. ASIs will conduct periodic routine surveillance, as
required by SAS or the National Program Guidelines (NPG) of an operator’s expanded
passenger PED policy to ensure and verify element and regulatory conformity,
including interface and consistency with other FAA-approved programs, such as
carry-on baggage or training. ASIs are encouraged to consult with the PFT about
reevaluation of an operator’s expanded passenger PED policy or associated approved programs.
RESERVED. Paragraphs 3-5227 through 3-5242.