Advanced Data Research

FG-3600, FG-5000

Class 2 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB)

EMB-135BJ (Legacy)

Mounting System: Audio International Articulating Arm















APPROVED: s/Michael F. Garrett                                                                                DATE:         6/22/2005



Michael F. Garrett

Chairman, EFB Flight Standardization Board

Seattle Aircraft Evaluation Group



Federal Aviation Administration

Aircraft Evaluation Group (SEAAEG)


Telephone:  (425) 917-6600

FAX  (425) 917-6638








s/Steven Cummins                                                                                                 6/24/2005

Stephen Cummins                                                                                                     Date

Assistant Manager, Operations

Seattle Aircraft Evaluation Group




s/Keeton Zachary                                                                                                   6/24/2005

Keeton Zachary                                                                                                          Date


Seattle Aircraft Evaluation Group




s/Tom Toula                                                                                                           9/13/2005

Thomas Toula (AFS-200)                                                                                          Date

Acting Manager

Air Transportation Division


Table of Contents





















Appendix 1

Appendix 2                                                                                                                        10










































































































































































This FSB report specifies FAA requirements applicable to operators seeking operations approval to use the Advanced Data Research (ADR) FG-3600 or FG-5000 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) (Class 2 device), under 14 CFR.  Provisions of this report are consistent with the guidance defined in FAA Advisory Circular 120-76A and assume that appropriate airworthiness certification for installation of the EFB is/will be accomplished.  The following information related to operational approval is included:

1.1                A general description of the EFB system approved under this report, including:

1.1.1              EFB manufacturer

1.1.2              EFB model

1.1.3              A list of major components within the EFB

1.1.4              The EFB operating system and version

1.1.5              A list of the applications approved under this report.

1.2                The manufacturer’s name and model number of the mounting system approved under this report. Reference to the Part 25 certification of the mounting system is also included.

1.3                 EFB Display Lighting and Reflectivity

1.4                Typical acceptable procedures for EFB use during all phases of flight

1.5                Typical acceptable procedures to follow when one unit fails and when both units fail to include alternate means of accessing data

1.6                A revision process procedure/method that ensures appropriate database accuracy and currency

1.7                FSB specifications for training and typical acceptable training course description

1.8                FSB specifications for Checking including specification of those checks that must be administered by FAA or operators

1.9                FSB specifications for Currency

1.10        Electromagnetic Interference (E.M.I.)

1.11        Rapid Depressurization Testing

1.12        Operating system change requirements

1.13        Configuration Control. Included are the procedures governing the distribution of updates to the aircraft and confirmation of the aircraft EFB configuration.

1.14        Instructions for Continued Airworthiness

1.15        Compliance Checklist

1.16        FSB Specifications for Devices and Simulators (Reserved)

1.17        The applicability of this report

1.18        Alternate Means of Compliance

1.19        List of  documents, or their airline equivalents, to meet the requirements of AC120-76A for operational approval and continued airworthiness. (Appendix 1)

1.20        List regulatory compliance status (compliance checklist) for pertinent parts of the FARs (Appendix 2)



The Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) system provides additional electronic flight deck displays that maybe used to depict a variety of aviation data traditionally provided in paper form.  This system is a dual class 2 EFB system using side-mounted displays.


The EFB approved under this report consists of a Fujitsu P-600 pen-based computer with the Microsoft Windows operating system and applications as listed. The EFB is mounted on a Part 25 certified mount and connected to airplane systems as contained in the certification documentation.

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This EFB has been manufactured by Advanced Data Research; Rochester Hills, MI.

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The models of this EFB are the FG-3600 and FG-5000.

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The following major components are included with this make/model of EFB













Pentium ® III w/SpeedStep ™ technology

Video Card


Rage™ Mobility-M w/4MB vedeo memory

Hard Drive


20 GB, Ultra ATA

CD-ROM (External, Connected Via PCMCIA Adapter)



DVD Drive

N/A – Not Equipped


Wireless Connection



Power Supply (Internal Battery)


34m Ah Lithium ion main battery

Power Supply (External Aircraft-Mounted Converter)



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This EFB has been demonstrated and approved with Microsoft® Windows™ 2000.

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The following applications supplied by Jeppesen have been demonstrated and approved for use on this specific EFB.


2.5.1    “Type A” Applications             None.

2.5.2          “Type B” Applications:            JeppView and JeppView Flitedeck.

2.5.3          “Type C” Applications            None.


The EFB mounting system approved under this report is manufactured by Audio International. The model number of this mount is EFBARM-101-02-1 (Left seat) and EFBARM-101-01-2 (Right seat). This mounting system has been evaluated by SEA AEG and found to be acceptable for use in all phases of flight.


The mounting system has been Part 25 certified. The Supplemental Type Certificate number for this Audio International EFBARM-201-01-X mounting system is ST10359SC.


There are no operating limitations associated with this EFB mounting system.


4.1                Display lighting.

This EFB has been evaluated in both low-light and full sunlight conditions. The display is readable under the full range of lighting conditions without distraction.

4.2                Display Reflectivity.

The display has been evaluated during approach under night lighting conditions. There is no distracting reflectivity observed from the display under these conditions.


5.1                Normal operating procedures for the Audio International Articulating Arm are included in the applicable Approved Flight Manual Supplement (AFMS). Descriptions of specific applications may be contained in the “User Guide” supplied by the application vendor.

5.2                There are Non-Normal procedures for use with the EFB in the EMB-135. See the applicable AFMS.




6.1                An acceptable data revision process is to use an established secure data distribution network. Data will be loaded to the EFB using procedures included in the Airplane Maintenance Manual.  This data distribution system must include the procedures to protect the EFBs from virus infection and other threats to the system.  It must also include the process by which the airline assures that the data distribution system assures delivery and installation of the updates.


7.1                General . A Computer Based Training course that has been approved by AFS-200 and/or the operator's principal inspector and carried out on either a desktop or laptop computer is an acceptable means of conducting EFB training.

7.2                Programs Crediting Previous EFB Experience.   Training programs for the EFB may take credit for previous EFB experience. For example, previous experience using a Class 1 or 2 performance application using similar software may be credited toward EFB training.  Principal Inspectors for operators initially introducing a new EFB system may approve programs consistent with programs previously approved.  For information regarding previously approved programs or programs crediting previous EFB experience, FAA Principal Inspectors for other operators may be consulted.

7.3                Pilots Initial, Transition and Upgrade Ground Training

7.3.1              Pilots: Initial Training.   Initial EFB training is accomplished as specified by this FSB report or included in an approved AQP or airplane transition training program.  No unique provisions or requirements are specified.

7.3.2              Areas of Emphasis. Operators must emphasize during CBT and during initial line operating experience the need to avoid fixation on the display during critical phases of flight including taxi operations.

7.4                Recurrent Training

7.4.1              Recurrent training is not normally required for EFB operation provided the functions are used regularly in line operations.  Operators are encouraged to include EFB as a component of simulator recurrent training to the extent practical.

7.4.2              As part of an approved training program, an operator may use many methods when conducting recurrent training, including classroom instruction, pictures, videotape, ground training devices, computer-based instruction, and static aircraft training.

7.4.3              Recurrent Training Simulator Requirements (reserved)


8.1                Checking Items.   Pertinent knowledge, procedures for EFB use should be checked following initial EFB training.  This checking may be accomplished as an automated component of EFB computer-based training.  Operators are encouraged to include EFB use as a part of recurrent checking where practical.  Proper EFB use should be included in line checks.

8.2                Areas of Emphasis.   The following areas of emphasis should be addressed during line checks as necessary:

8.2.1              Proficiency with use of EFB applications must be demonstrated,

8.2.2              Proper outside visual scan without prolonged fixation on EFB operation should be demonstrated, and failure of component(s) of the EFB should be addressed,

8.2.3              Proper selection and use of EFB displays, should be demonstrated, particularly during taxi, takeoff, and approach operations,

8.2.4              Proper stowage of articulating arm for emergency evacuation using the cockpit windows.

8.2.5              Reserved.

8.3                Proficiency Checks/Practical Tests.   At the discretion of the evaluator, and if the EFB is installed in the operator’s training device or simulator, EFB may be included in the practical testing and annual proficiency checks.


9.1                Assuming EFB is used regularly , no unique currency provisions apply to the EFB.


The Fujitsu LT-C-500 EFB has been tested by the United States Air Force (Electronic Sensor Branch, Avionics Engineering Division, ASC/ENAE BLDG 560, 2530 Loop Rd. West, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7101) on 17 May, 2001 in accordance with emission control standards contained in MIL-STD-461E in compliance with AFI 11-202 (V3), as one acceptable method for meeting these requirements. The Advanced Data Research FG series EFB has been found to not exhibit any unacceptable levels of electromagnetic radiation.


The aircraft-mounted power supply, KGS model LT-71J, is manufactured meeting TSO C-71.


Changes of any of the components listed in paragraph 2.3 will require that the EFB is checked again for acceptable levels of EMI.

11     Rapid Depressurization Testing

The Fujitsu LT-P-600 EFB, in the configuration shown in Para. 2.3, has been tested by Rockwell Collins (VIS Design Engineering/Environmental Effects Engineering, Cedar Rapids, IA) on 23 September, 2002, for survivability of a rapid depressurization. No faults were evident after the rapid depressurization that would prevent continued normal operation of the EFB.


12     Operating System

Changes to the Windows operating system that involve .exe, .dll files or Java scripts will require that the operator notify the FAA Principal Inspector that the operation of all approved applications continues to meet intended function.

13     Configuration Control

The certificate holder or the operator will need to satisfy the Principal Inspector that they have procedures in place to manage the hardware and software configuration of any Class 2 EFBs that will be in operational use.

14     Instructions for Continued Airworthiness

The certificate holder or the operator is responsible to demonstrate that they have procedures in place to track repairs to EFB units and to ensure each EFB remains in compliance with the approved configuration.

15     Compliance Checklist

15.1        Compliance Checklist (see Appendix 2).

Compliance checklists are provided as an aid to identify those specific rules or policies for which compliance has already been demonstrated to FAA.  The checklist also notes rules or policies which must be demonstrated to CHDOs by the operator.  Not all rules or policies or variants are necessarily listed or addressed.

15.2        Discussion of Specific Compliance Checklist Items (reserved)

16     FSB Specifications for Devices and Simulators (Reserved)

17     Application of FSB Report

Relevant parts of this report are effective for the specific combination of Class 2 EFB and mounting system when the report is approved by FAA.

18     Alternate Means of Compliance

18.1        Approval Level and Approval Criteria.   Alternate means of compliance to the provisions of this report, must be approved by AFS-200.  If alternate compliance is sought, operators will be required to establish that any proposed alternate means provides an equivalent level of safety to the provisions of AC 120-76A and this FSB report.  Analysis, demonstrations, proof of concept testing, differences documentation, or other evidence may be required.

18.2        Requires Equivalent Safet y.  In the event alternate compliance is sought, training program hour reductions, simulator approvals, and device approvals, may be significantly limited and reporting requirements may be increased to assure equivalent safety.  FAA will generally not consider relief through alternate compliance means, unless sufficient lead time has been planned by an operator to allow for any necessary testing and evaluation.

18.3        Unforeseen Circumstances.  In the event of clearly unforeseen circumstances in which it is not possible for an operator to comply with report provisions, the operators may seek an interim equivalent program rather than a permanent alternate compliance method.  Financial arrangements, schedule adjustment, and other such reasons are not considered “unforeseen circumstances” for the purposes of this provision.

19     Miscellaneous - (Reserved)

Appendix 1

List of Required Documents and Artifacts for Operational Approval and Continued Airworthiness


Flight Crew Operations Manual

Flight Crew Training Manual


Electronic Flight Bag Pilot’s Guide


Illustrated Parts Catalog

Airplane Maintenance Manual


Dispatch Deviation Guide (including Minimum Equipment List)


Data Delivery and Management Description and Procedures


EFB Configuration Control Description and Procedures


Training Courseware

  • Flight Crew
  • Maintenance
  • Dispatch/Flight Following


Appendix 2

Compliance Checklist

Compliance with the following Federal Aviation Regulations, ACs, Orders, Policy Statements, etc. have been established where possible. Compliance is based on a field examination and/or an office evaluation of the EFB in accordance with AC120-76A. Items identified as “CHDO” need to be evaluated by Principal Inspectors at the Certificate Holding District Office prior to the issuance of Operations Specifications paragraph A025.



        a. Airworthiness Regulations. These acceptable means of compliance refer to the applicable sections of 14 CFR Parts 21, 23, 25, 27, and 29.


14 CFR Part 25


        b. Operating Regulations. These acceptable means of compliance refer to the applicable sections of parts 91, 121, 125, and 135.


The following regulations apply:


(1) Title 14 CFR §§ 91.9, 91.21, 91.103, 91.503, 91.605;


(2) Title 14 CFR § 121 –

(a)                            Subpart G

(b)                            § 121.549

(c)                            § 121.576


(3) Title 14 CFR § 125 – Not Evaluated


(4) Title 14 CFR § 135 –

(a)    §§ 135.21

(b)    135.23

(c)    135.81

(d)    135.83

(e)    135.144

(f)        135.179

(g)    135.293.



        a. ACs (current version)




        b. FAA Orders, Policy Statements, and TSOs (current version).


Order 8400.10     CHDO

Order 8300.10     CHDO


        c. Other Documents




        d. Industry Documents (current version)


        (1) Technical Standards Documents. Documents available from RTCA.




        (2). ARINC and Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC) Documents.




        (3) Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Documents.