10/27/17

 

8900.1 CHG 557

VOLUME 4  AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT AND OPERATIONAL AUTHORIZATIONS

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CHAPTER 15  ELECTRONIC FLIGHT BAG PROGRAM EVALUATION AND AUTHORIZATION

Section 2  Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Program Checklist

4-1653    REPORTING SYSTEM(S). The following tracking codes are used to document inspector activities during the evaluation of an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) program.

A.    Program Tracking and Reporting Subsystem (PTRS). Use PTRS activity codes to record EFB‑related oversight activities: 1443, 3443, and 5443.

B.    Safety Assurance System (SAS). For Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) parts 121 and 135 operations, the principal inspector (PI) or aviation safety inspector (ASI) will utilize this guidance related to SAS Elements 1.2.2 (OP) Manual Management, 2.1.1 (OP) Training of Flight Crewmembers, 2.2.1 (OP) Airman Duties/Flight Deck Procedures, and 5.2.1 (OP) Crewmember Duties/Cabin Procedures.

4-1654    GENERAL. This section contains questions for use by PIs to review an operator’s EFB program. In general, these questions are specific to initial installations and training for a given aircraft. When an operator proposes changes to their EFB program, these questions may also be referenced, when applicable.

Figure 4-80.  Checklist 1—Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Hardware & Software Evaluation

NOTE:  Checklist 1 contains a list of questions for PIs to use during a tabletop evaluation of the EFB focusing on the EFB hardware and software applications. The checklist starts with EFB hardware questions, then presents general user interface questions, and ends with specific EFB software application questions (if applicable). The checklist is designed so any question answered as “No” requires a comment, and in some cases may be “Not Applicable.”

Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Hardware

1. Is the display brightness and contrast adjustable?

No

Yes

2. Is the display brightness acceptable when it adjusts automatically?

No

Yes

3. Are there any display artifacts, such as jagged lines, impairing functionality?

No

Yes

4. Are controls labeled appropriately to describe their intended function?

No

Yes

5. Is the display readable under all flight deck illumination conditions?

No

Yes

6. Are touch-sensitive areas clearly indicated on the touch screen?

No

Yes

7. Can EFB inputs be made quickly and accurately in any operational environment (e.g., in turbulence)?

No

Yes

8. Can touch screen inputs and selections be made without obscuring critical information on the display?

No

Yes

9. Is the touch screen resistant to scratching, hazing, or other damage that can occur through normal use and exposure?

No

Yes

10. Are inadvertent or multiple activation of controls minimized?

No

Yes

11. Does the EFB start up in a predictable state?

No

Yes

12. Can the EFB be rebooted when power is cut to the EFB?

No

Yes

13. Does the EFB function correctly when rebooted?

No

Yes

14. Are all the EFB failure modes easy to see and identify?

No

Yes

15. Is the failure annunciation/message appropriate for the EFB function which failed?

No

Yes

16. Are EFB recovery means easy to remember and apply when the EFB fails?

No

Yes

17. Has the operator provided evidence of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing if utilizing portable EFB hardware?

No

Yes

18. Has the operator provided evidence that the device will continue operation after a rapid decompression event?

No

Yes

Provide the Number and a Comment for Each EFB Hardware Question Checked as “No.”

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General User Interface

19. Is the revision information and currency expiration date available and presented clearly?

No

Yes

20. Does the device respond immediately to user inputs?

No

Yes

21. Is the processing speed always appropriate for normal use?

No

Yes

22. Are appropriate busy or progress indicators displayed when processing is delayed?

No

Yes

23. Is the user interface, including functions and navigation, consistent throughout the EFB?

No

Yes

24. Is all information needed displayed and easily accessible? Is there missing or difficult to find information?

No

Yes

25. Are common actions and time-critical functions easy to access?

No

Yes

26. Are there standard ways to perform common actions?

No

Yes

27. Are the displays and controls used on the EFB similar across software applications? Are a common set of controls and graphical elements used across software applications?

No

Yes

28. Can all colors be distinguished under the various lighting conditions?

No

Yes

29. Is color coding implemented with a secondary code, such as shading or highlighting, when used to display critical information?

No

Yes

30. Are the colors red and yellow used appropriately—only for warnings and cautions?

No

Yes

31. Is the text easily readable?

No

Yes

32. Do the characters stand out against the display background?

No

Yes

33. Are upper case and italic text used infrequently?

No

Yes

34. Is text used in low-light conditions appropriate in size and easy to read?

No

Yes

35. Is it easy to zoom in on text or graphics when they are too small?

No

Yes

36. Is it obvious when information is out of view and can it easily be brought into view?

No

Yes

37. Is the spacing between characters appropriate?

No

Yes

38. Is the vertical spacing between lines appropriate?

No

Yes

39. Are icons and symbols legible?

No

Yes

40. Are icon and symbol functions obvious?

No

Yes

41. Are the icons and symbols distinguishable from one another?

No

Yes

42. Is each icon’s meaning explained by a label or other means?

No

Yes

43. Are the EFB icons and symbols consistent with their paper equivalents?

No

Yes

44. Are alerts and reminders consistent across all EFB software applications?

No

Yes

45. Are reminders implemented so as not to distract?

No

Yes

46. Is the failure message appropriate for the EFB function that failed?

No

Yes

47. Is it easy to reset parameters to their default when they have been customized?

No

Yes

48. Is EFB customization controlled through an administrative control process?

No

Yes

Provide the Number and a Comment for Each General User Interface Question Checked as “No.”

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General EFB Software Applications

49. Can required information be found quickly and accurately within all EFB software applications?

No

Yes

50. Is the information within EFB software applications organized consistently?

No

Yes

51. Is the layout of information appropriate for all EFB software applications?

No

Yes

52. Is required information easy to read?

No

Yes

53. Is it easy to tell which EFB software application is currently open/active?

No

Yes

54. Is it easy to switch between EFB software applications?

No

Yes

55. Does each EFB software application function as intended?

No

Yes

56. Is access or links to related information appropriately supported?

No

Yes

57. Are similar types of information accessed in the same way?

No

Yes

58. Is it easy to return to the place where the user started from?

No

Yes

Provide the Number and a Comment for Each General EFB Software Applications Question Checked as “No.”

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Electronic Documents (If Applicable)

59. Is it easy to find the information needed in a document?

No

Yes

60. Is it easy to tell which documents are open?

No

Yes

61. Is it easy to move between documents quickly?

No

Yes

62. Is it easy to tell what document is currently in view?

No

Yes

63. Is there a list of available documents to choose from?

No

Yes

64. Is the document search function appropriate?

No

Yes

65. Are tables readable and usable?

No

Yes

66. Are figures readable and usable?

No

Yes

Electronic Charts (If Applicable)

67. Is there a way to pre-select specific charts for easy access during a particular flight?

No

Yes

68. Is it easy to search for a chart?

No

Yes

69. Is it easy to access charts when a last-minute change is necessary?

No

Yes

70. If the chart application uses aircraft location to facilitate access to charts, is this function appropriate (i.e., either approved by Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) or explicitly allowed by the current edition of Advisory Circular (AC) 120-76)?

No

Yes

71. Is the information layout for fixed charts consistent with the paper equivalent?

No

Yes

72. Is it easy to switch between a decluttered and normal display if decluttering is supported?

No

Yes

73. Is there a clear indication when any chart elements are suppressed?

No

Yes

74. Can the display be easily returned to its default position after zooming, panning, or decluttering?

No

Yes

Provide the Number and a Comment for Each Electronic Documents and Charts Question Checked as “No.”

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Electronic Checklists (ECL) (If Applicable)

75. Are normal checklists available in the appropriate order of use?

No

Yes

76. Can checklists be accessed individually for review or reference?

No

Yes

77. During abnormal conditions, are relevant checklists easy to access?

No

Yes

78. During abnormal conditions, does the device indicate which checklists and/or checklist items are required and which are optional?

No

Yes

79. Is it clear where to find all checklists, whether on the EFB or on paper?

No

Yes

80. Is the location of a paper document provided when it is referred to by the ECL?

No

Yes

81. Does each checklist have a constantly visible title distinct from other checklists?

No

Yes

82. Is it easy to select a checklist from a set of open checklists?

No

Yes

83. Is there a reminder to review incomplete items when closing an incomplete checklist?

No

Yes

84. Can an incomplete checklist be closed after acknowledging it is not complete?

No

Yes

85. Does the ECL discourage two or more checklists from being used simultaneously?

No

Yes

86. Is progress through the ECL clear?

No

Yes

87. It is easy to reset the ECL to start over again?

No

Yes

88. Does the checklist provide appropriate reminders for tasks requiring a delayed action?

No

Yes

89. Does the checklist clearly highlight decision branches?

No

Yes

90. Can you return to the checklist from links or related information in one step?

No

Yes

91. Is there an indicator of which item in the checklist you are working on?

No

Yes

92. Is the checklist’s active item clearly indicated?

No

Yes

93. Can the status of an item be easily changed?

No

Yes

94. Does the next item automatically become active when the previous one is complete?

No

Yes

95. Can the current item be deferred without completing it?

No

Yes

96. Is it easy to view other items, even in a long checklist, without changing the active item?

No

Yes

97. Is it easy to move between items within a checklist?

No

Yes

98. Is there a clear indication all items, as well as the whole checklist, are complete when finished?

No

Yes

Provide the Number and a Comment for Each ECL Question Checked as “No.”

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Performance Calculations (If Applicable)

99. Does the device identify entries having an incorrect format or type and does it generate an appropriate error message?

No

Yes

100. Does the error message clarify the type and range of data expected?

No

Yes

101. Are units for performance data clearly labeled?

No

Yes

102. Do the labels used in the EFB match the language of other operator documents?

No

Yes

103. Is all the information necessary for a given task presented together or easily accessible?

No

Yes

104. Can the crews modify performance calculations easily, especially when making last‑minute changes?

No

Yes

105. Are outdated results of performance calculations deleted when modifications are entered?

No

Yes

106. Does the display and/or crew training provide information to the crew on the assumptions on which the calculations are based?

No

Yes

107. Are crews trained to identify and review default values and assumptions about the aircraft status or environmental conditions?

No

Yes

108. Are the assumptions made about any calculation as clear to pilots as similar information would be on a tabular chart?

No

Yes

Provide the Number and a Comment for Each Performance Calculations Question Checked as “No.”

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Figure 4-81.  Checklist 2—Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Operational Evaluation

NOTE:  Checklist 2 contains a list of questions for PI consideration during an operational evaluation of the EFB program, to include its documentation, procedures, and training. The first five pages contain questions to be answered in a training or operational environment by crewmembers, instructor/evaluators, or other operational personnel. The last two pages contain sample crew performance questions addressed in a simulation environment. The checklist is designed so any question answered as “No” requires a comment and in some cases may be “Not Applicable.”

General Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Hardware

1. Is there a backup source in the flight deck for EFB information?

No

Yes

2. Is the EFB display readable under all typical flight-deck lighting conditions?

No

Yes

3. Are there appropriate Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL)/minimum equipment list (MEL) items to handle EFB failures?

No

Yes

4. Have EFB failure items been incorporated into Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)‑required/accepted checklists?

No

Yes

5. Are crews able to adjust and lock the EFB for optimal viewing?

No

Yes

6. Are the EFB hardware components usable and suitably durable for the flight deck?

No

Yes

Provide the Number and a Comment for Each General EFB Hardware Question Checked as “No.”

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EFB Stowage

7. Is there a stowage area for the EFB?

No

Yes

8. Is the stowage securing mechanism simple to operate?

No

Yes

9. Is the stowage securing mechanism unobtrusive when not in use?

No

Yes

10. Does the EFB stowage allow appropriate visual and physical access to flight controls, displays, and emergency egress path?

No

Yes

11. Does the viewable stowage allow pilots a sufficiently clear view of critical outside references?

No

Yes

12. Can the EFB be moved easily to and from the stowage area without blocking access to flight displays/controls?

No

Yes

13. Are the device and/or the stowage area unlikely to be damaged under normal use?

No

Yes

Unsecured EFB (If Applicable)

14. Is there appropriate access to flight controls/displays when the unsecured EFB is in use?

No

Yes

15. Is there an acceptable place to put an unsecured EFB when in use?

No

Yes

16. Is there an acceptable place to put an unsecured EFB when not in use?

No

Yes

17. Can the kneeboard EFB be positioned so the pilot has full control authority?

No

Yes

18. Is the kneeboard EFB comfortable for the pilot to wear under normal conditions?

No

Yes

Provide the Number and a Comment for Each EFB Stowage and Unsecured EFB Question Checked as “No.”

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Workload

19. Is the EFB installation appropriate for use in high workload phases of flight?

No

Yes

20. Does stowing the EFB require excessive head-down time or workload?

No

Yes

21. Is the workload acceptable when there is an EFB failure?

No

Yes

22. Are other than critical EFB messages inhibited during high workload phases of flight?

No

Yes

23. Is the workload acceptable when configuring electronic charts while flying a procedure?

No

Yes

24. Are there procedures to mitigate EFB workload?

No

Yes

25. Are there appropriate procedures for using EFB in high workload phases of flight?

No

Yes

Software Applications

26. Does the EFB use terms, icons, colors, and symbols consistent with other flight deck systems?

No

Yes

27. Does using the electronic checklist (ECL) produce the same crew actions the paper equivalent would?

No

Yes

28. If the EFB shows own-ship in flight, is there an operationally similar function presented on an installed display? Can the flightcrew differentiate between the information on the EFB and the information on the installed display?

No

Yes

29. Is there a clear indication of the revision date(s) of the software that are on the EFB?

No

Yes

Provide the Number and a Comment for Each Workload and Software Applications Question Checked as “No.”

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EFB Cybersecurity

30. Are cybersecurity controls in place to mitigate against the risk of unauthorized modifications to an EFB’s operating system architecture, its specific hosted applications, and any of the databases or datalinks used to enable its hosted applications?

No

Yes

31. Are cybersecurity controls in place to ensure administrative management of portable electronic devices (PED), which have been authorized for use as a portable EFB? (Note: This includes, but is not limited to, identifying the individual or aircraft to which the PED is assigned, as well as ensuring operating system architecture and associated hosted software applications are updated in a timely manner.)

No

Yes

EFB Procedures

32. Are there procedures for starting up and shutting down the EFB?

No

Yes

33. Are there appropriate procedures for all the EFB failure modes?

No

Yes

34. Are there EFB procedures for when other aircraft system failures could render the EFB unusable?

No

Yes

35. Are there procedures for using EFB backup information?

No

Yes

36. Are there procedures for establishing which source of information is primary?

No

Yes

37. Are there procedures specifying what data to use when data is redundant or different from the EFB?

No

Yes

38. Are there procedures for removal of a kneeboard EFB during emergency landing or egress (if applicable)?

No

Yes

39. Are there procedures for updating passwords and for device lockout?

No

Yes

Provide the Number and a Comment for Each EFB Cybersecurity and Procedures Question Checked as “No.”

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Procedures for Keeping EFB Content/Data Current

40. Are there procedures to ensure data is accurate and current for each software application?

No

Yes

41. Are changes to content/data appropriately documented?

No

Yes

42. Are there procedures to notify crews of EFB updates?

No

Yes

43. Are there procedures to ensure the correct information is installed when EFBs use information specific to the aircraft type or tail number?

No

Yes

44. Are operational control procedures consistent with regulations concerning preventative maintenance?

No

Yes

45. Is there a procedure to avoid corruption/errors during changes to the EFB device?

No

Yes

46. Is there a procedure to ensure all EFBs have the appropriate content/data installed when there are multiple EFBs on the flight deck?

No

Yes

47. Is there a procedure to ensure EFB data in use is approved for use in flight?

No

Yes

48. Is there a procedure for when the database is not approved for use in flight?

No

Yes

49. Is there a procedure to ensure all customized values are cleared from the EFB?

No

Yes

Procedures for User Feedback

50. Is there a procedure for EFB users to provide feedback?

No

Yes

51. Is there a procedure for the operator to monitor feedback, correct EFB deficiencies, and/or notify the EFB manufacturer?

No

Yes

52. Are there procedures or built-in limits preventing the setting of customized color schemes conflicting with flight deck color conventions?

No

Yes

53. Is there a policy regarding the use of supplemental audio and/or video in flight?

No

Yes

54. Is the EFB audio set to minimize any interference with higher priority communications?

No

Yes

Procedures for Specific EFB Software Applications (If Applicable)

55. Are there specific policy/procedures for using the electronic charts application?

No

Yes

56. Does the policy specify what other EFB software applications can be used while a procedure using the electronic charts is actively being flown?

No

Yes

57. Are there procedures on how to use the electronic charts when the EFB uses aircraft status data to configure chart elements?

No

Yes

58. Are there procedures to ensure navigation/approach charts required for the flight are installed and available?

No

Yes

59. Is there a procedure to identify the controlling copy of Weight and Balance (W&B)?

No

Yes

60. Is there a procedure to establish responsibility for completion of W&B software applications?

No

Yes

61. Are there procedures to maintain required W&B records?

No

Yes

62. Is there a procedure to ensure EFB performance data can be stored outside the EFB?

No

Yes

63. Are there procedures for crosschecking EFB performance data to identify data entry errors?

No

Yes

Provide the Number and a Comment for Each EFB Procedure Question Checked as “No.”

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EFB Training

64. Are there appropriate EFB training, checking, and currency requirements?

No

Yes

65. Does the EFB training program address all EFB intended functions and EFB software applications?

No

Yes

66. Is there training on how to use unique features of the software applications?

No

Yes

67. Are crews proficient on the EFB at the completion of EFB training?

No

Yes

68. Is EFB training customized for new users?

No

Yes

69. Is the manufacturer’s EFB documentation sufficient?

No

Yes

70. Does the EFB training device provide an appropriate degree of fidelity when the actual EFB is not used?

No

Yes

71. Does the EFB training device simulate the key aspects of the task?

No

Yes

72. Does the EFB training appropriately address the meaning of icons and symbols?

No

Yes

73. Does EFB training address security considerations (e.g., passwords, device lockout)?

No

Yes

Training for Charts (If Applicable)

74. Is training on the use of electronic charts appropriate?

No

Yes

75. Is there training on unique features of the electronic charts?

No

Yes

76. Is there training on differences in map scale, orientation, and data quality between the electronic charts and other flight deck displays?

No

Yes

77. Is there training on the limitations of own-ship position when it is displayed?

No

Yes

78. Is there training on policies pertaining to use of the electronic charts?

No

Yes

79. Can crews use the electronic charts as well as paper charts?

No

Yes

80. Can crews use the electronic charts to orient themselves and track their progress as they fly required procedures?

No

Yes

Training for ECL Systems (If Applicable)

81. Is there appropriate training on how to use ECLs?

No

Yes

82. Is there training on how to use unique features of the ECLs (e.g., how the EFB indicates a checklist item has been deferred)?

No

Yes

83. Is there training on which checklists are supported electronically and which are not?

No

Yes

84. Is there training on the limitations of ECL automation when it uses aircraft status data?

No

Yes

Training for Flight Performance Calculations (If Applicable)

85. Is there appropriate training on how and when to use the flight performance software application?

No

Yes

86. Is there training on critical performance calculation assumptions (e.g., runway length, W&B)?

No

Yes

87. Is there training to review default values for aircraft status and environmental conditions?

No

Yes

88. Is there training on how to enter information required by the performance software applications?

No

Yes

89. Is there training on how to interpret and use results of the flight performance calculations?

No

Yes

90. Is there training on where to obtain values when their normal sources are not available?

No

Yes

91. Is there training on coordinating the roles of dispatchers and crewmember?

No

Yes

Provide the Number and a Comment for Each Training Question Checked as “No.”

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Crew Performance: Preflight Planning

Do crews with the EFB perform as well or better than crews with paper documents when:

 

 

92. Calculating aircraft W&B, takeoff, climb, and maneuvering speeds?

No

Yes

93. Crews maintain critical data for immediate reference?

No

Yes

94. There is a runway change and a need to reference deicing fluid requirements or an MEL item?

No

Yes

95. There are time-critical adjustments prior to block out/taxi and takeoff?

No

Yes

Crew Performance: Takeoff

Do crews with the EFB perform as well or better than crews with paper documents when:

 

 

96. There is a takeoff on a runway requiring a briefing for a special operator engine-out procedure?

No

Yes

97. There is a complex Standard Instrument Departure (SID) with an abnormal or an emergency during the departure climb-out?

No

Yes

98. There is an emergency requiring a return to the departure or alternate departure airport?

No

Yes

99. One EFB fails, requiring one pilot to rely on the EFB of the other pilot immediately after takeoff?

No

Yes

Provide the Number and a Comment for Each Preflight Planning and Takeoff Question Checked as “No.”

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Crew Performance: Cruise

Do crews with the EFB perform as well or better than crews with paper documents when:

 

 

100. There is an engine failure/fire with possible condition of destination below weather minimums?

No

Yes

101. There is electrical smoke in the cockpit requiring use of smoke mask/goggles while completing checklists or using EFB for approach briefing?

No

Yes

Crew Performance: Descent

Do crews with the EFB perform as well or better than crews with paper documents when:

 

 

102. There are conditions requiring reference to Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (SMGCS) taxi routing or a complex clearance?

No

Yes

103. Reported runway conditions require reference to operational limitations?

No

Yes

Crew Performance: Approach/Landing

Do crews with the EFB perform as well or better than crews with paper documents when:

 

 

104. There is a runway change or the need to recompute landing weight and V speeds during approach?

No

Yes

105. There are poor weather conditions or airports with complex taxi routes?

No

Yes

106. There is a request for a specific taxiway turn during rollout after landing?

No

Yes

Crew Performance: Destination Ground Operations

Do crews with the EFB perform as well or better than crews with paper documents when:

 

 

107. There is an EFB partial failure or erroneous output requiring maintenance discrepancy to be entered?

No

Yes

Provide the Number and a Comment for Each Crew Performance Question Checked as “No.”

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Figure 4-82.  Checklist 3—Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Line Evaluation Job Aid

USED FOR DATA COLLECTION DURING VALIDATION PERIOD

This tool provides a starting point for EFB line operations evaluations. Use of this tool can be customized as appropriate for the situation. This is a final check to ensure there are no problems with the EFB design/interface, training, or procedures prior to the authorization for use.

The questions below encompass the operations and safety evaluation. In cases where a system shows weaknesses or limitations, mitigations must be developed in consultation with the applicant.

In some cases, an EFB may add to the complexity of flight operations. The key questions to be answered are:

1)    Can the flight be conducted as safely with an EFB as with the methods/products it is intended to replace?

2)    Does the EFB add an unacceptable level of complexity for any critical activity or phase of flight?

In order to answer these questions, it is helpful to consider more specific aspects of EFB usage, which are covered in Sections II through V below. Space is also provided in Section I to record general notes about the system and the evaluation.

I.    Describe system configuration and flight conditions:

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II.    Overview. The main aspects to be assessed are encompassed by the following questions:

1.

a. Was training adequate to ensure the crewmember(s) could perform in a safe and efficient manner?

No

Yes

b. Were individual crewmember knowledge and skills adequate to allow normal coordinated flight deck activities?

No

Yes

c. Was crewmember knowledge regarding observed software applications adequate?

No

Yes

2.

Are adequate procedures in place to ensure the EFB is integrated into the crew/operator’s system (e.g., normal and abnormal/emergency operations and maintenance functions)?

No

Yes

3.

Were the EFB hardware or software applications adequate and appropriate during the flight? If there were any problems, particularly in a critical phase of flight, describe in the notes space below.

No

Yes

4.

Could the crewmember(s) recover from usage errors without undue distraction or discussions? If usage errors were frequent or a distraction, describe in notes space below.

No

Yes

5.

Was the workload required for completing a task with the EFB equal to or less than the workload for completing the task with the conventional method? Consider the use of the EFB both in isolation as well as with those functions used concurrently with other aircraft systems. If no, specify phase of flight and task for any marginal or unacceptable increases in workload in notes space below.

No

Yes

Describe any problems checked as “No” above:

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III.    General.

6.

Was each crewmember able to use the controls for menu and functionality without frequent errors?

No

Yes

7.

Was the device appropriate and operational when exposed to environmental factors (e.g., turbulence, cold weather, vibration)?

No

Yes

8.

a. Was the device free of significant limitations in regard to display (e.g., off-axis view angles or various different lighting conditions)?

No

Yes

b. Does the device have easy and adequate dimming functions in low-light (nighttime) conditions?

No

Yes

c. Is the device adequately backlit and/or viewable by flight deck lighting in low-light (nighttime) conditions?

No

Yes

d. Is the device clearly visible in bright sunlight conditions?

No

Yes

9.

Was the device display clear (adequate resolution)? Confirm the display was never misinterpreted because of viewing limitations. If so, record issues in notes space below.

No

Yes

10.

Did the crewmember(s) ensure proper EFB stowage (including viewable stowage) per standard operating procedures (SOP)? Temperature limitations acknowledged?

No

Yes

11.

Does the display continue to be usable after prolonged use in the flight deck environment (if applicable)?

No

Yes

12.

Are normal functions (e.g., shutdown, startup) adequate to ensure crewmembers are not required any undue attention or concern?

No

Yes

13.

Were procedures adequate for identifying currency of EFB data?

No

Yes

14.

Could the crewmember(s) easily find and use required items and functions?

No

Yes

15.

Were the abbreviations and/or icons easy to understand?

No

Yes

16.

Could the crewmember(s) easily switch between critical software applications?

No

Yes

17.

If critical (e.g., abnormal or emergency checklists) software applications are authorized in the EFB configuration basis, is their use at least equal to or better than previously approved methods?

No

Yes

N/A

18.

Was the time to complete normal tasks appropriate?

No

Yes

19.

Were audio features adjustable and appropriate for the flight deck or cabin environment and did they not cause crewmember distraction?

No

Yes

N/A

Describe any problems checked as “No” above:

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IV.    Electronic Charts, Documents, and Checklists.

20.

Were all necessary documents (including charts, checklists, and manuals) found, identified, and easily viewed by the crewmember(s) without undue distraction?

No

Yes

21.

Was information contained in electronic charts, documents, and checklists complete, equal in quality to previously provided products, and easily accessible and understandable?

No

Yes

22.

Was crewmember knowledge of chart/document/checklist selection and viewing adequate?

No

Yes

23.

Could the crewmember(s) easily rearrange content on the screen to meet needs (e.g., by zooming, panning, or otherwise customizing the view)?

No

Yes

24.

Could the crewmember(s) use the EFB concurrently with an installed display and differentiate the information?

No

Yes

25.

Did the crewmember(s) exhibit adequate knowledge of EFB functions to efficiently brief and fly required procedures?

No

Yes

26.

Did the crewmember(s) exhibit adequate knowledge of the software applications revision process procedure/method ensuring appropriate database accuracy and currency?

No

Yes

27.

a. Did the crewmember(s) exhibit adequate knowledge of contingency procedures?

No

Yes

b. In the event of a failure of a single device?

No

Yes

c. In the event both devices fail?

No

Yes

28.

Were crewmember(s) able to monitor necessary electronic chart displays during critical phases of flight?

No

Yes

29.

Did the EFB allow quick entry of updates for last-minute changes (e.g., flight plan/runway changes)?

No

Yes

30.

For electronic checklists (ECL), was it easy to track completed items?

No

Yes

N/A

Describe any problems checked as “No” above:

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V.    Flight Performance Data/Calculations.

31.

Could the crewmember(s) interpret and use flight performance data/calculations efficiently and accurately?

No

Yes

N/A

32.

Did the device allow quick entry of updates for last-minute changes (e.g., flight plan/runway changes)?

No

Yes

N/A

33.

Are crewmembers aware of any software application limitations and do they understand only approved calculation methods may be used as a primary means of computation?

No

Yes

N/A

Describe any problems checked as “No” above:

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VI.    General Conclusions.

34.

Were any unique safety issues or events caused or exacerbated by using the EFB during this evaluation?

No

Yes

35.

Can the flight be conducted as safely with an EFB as with the methods/products it is intended to replace?

No

Yes

36.

Does the EFB add an unacceptable level of complexity for any critical activity or phase of flight?

No

Yes

Indicates new/changed information.

Assigned Aircraft: ___________________________________ Date: ______________________

Observer Name (Print): _________________ Observer Signature: ________________________

RESERVED. Paragraphs 4-1655 through 4-1665.