OPERATIONAL SUITABILITY REPORT

 

 

navAero t · Bag ™ C22

Class 2 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB)

 

Mounting System: Avionics Support Group (ASG®)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REPORT

APPROVED:

 

s/ by Michael F. Garrett

 

DATE: 

 

01/24/2007

Michael F. Garrett

navAero EFB Flight Standardization Board

Seattle Aircraft Evaluation Group

 

 

Federal Aviation Administration

Seattle Aircraft Evaluation Group (SEA AEG)

1601 Lind Ave NW

Renton , Washington 98055

Telephone:  (425) 917-6600

FAX:  (425) 917-6638


MANAGEMENT COORDINATION SHEET

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s by Steve Cummins                                                                                 12/04/2006

Steve Cummins                                                                                               Date

Assistant Manager, Operations

Seattle Aircraft Evaluation Group

 

 

 

 

s/ by Keeton Zachary                                                                                 12/08/2006

Keeton Zachary                                                                                               Date

Manager

Seattle Aircraft Evaluation Group

 

 

 

 

s/ by Thomas Toula                                                                                   01/05/2007

Thomas Toula (AFS-200)                                                                                Date

Manager

Air Transportation Division

 


Table of Contents

 

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Appendix 2                                                                                                                         10


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1.1              This Operational Suitability Report specifies FAA requirements applicable to operators seeking operational use approval for the navAero™ t · Bag™ C22 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) (Class 2 device), under applicable Title 14 CFR.  Provisions of this report are consistent with the guidance defined in FAA Advisory Circular 120-76A and N8200.98.  This report assumes that appropriate airworthiness certification for installation of the EFB is accomplished.

1.1.1              This report does not approve the operational use of this EFB or its installed software. Operators must apply to their assigned operations authority for applicable operational use authorization.

1.2                The following information related to operational suitability is included:

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

§                EFB manufacturer

§                EFB model

§                A list of major components within the EFB

§                The EFB operating system and version

§                A list of the applications evaluated under this report.

o              The manufacturer’s name and model number of the mounting system evaluated. Reference to the Part 25 certification of the mounting system is also included.

o               EFB Display Lighting and Reflectivity

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

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

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

o              Specifications for training and typical acceptable training course description

o              Specifications for Checking including those checks that must be administered by FAA or operators

o              Specifications for Currency

o              Electromagnetic Interference (E.M.I.)

o              Rapid Depressurization Testing

o              Operating system change requirements

o              Configuration Control– including the procedures which govern the distribution of updates to the aircraft and confirmation of the aircraft EFB configuration.

o              Instructions for Continued Airworthiness

o              Compliance Checklist

o              Specifications for Devices and Simulators (Reserved)

o              The applicability of this report

§                Applicable Aircraft and associated TDCS and/or STC.

o              Alternate Means of Compliance

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

o              List regulatory compliance status (compliance checklist) for pertinent parts of Title 14 CFR’s (Appendix 2)

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The navAero™ t· Bag™ C22 Electronic Flight Bag, herein referred to as the EFB, consists of several major components. The EFB system contains an LCD touch screen display, panel-mounted Interface Connectivity Unit (ICU), docking station and associated hardware, and Part 25 certified mounting plate assembly that is installed on the aircraft to hold the removable processing unit.

 

The system provides additional electronic flight deck displays that may be used to depict a variety of aviation data traditionally provided in paper form.  This system is a dual Class 2 EFB system.

 

The EFB is designed for operation in a normal aircraft ambient environment. Normal system performance is expected in temperature ranges of -10°C to +55°C with a non-operating temperature of -55°C to +85°C. The CPU assembly is passively cooled with no internal fans. Thermal protection is provided in the CPU for over-current and over-heating conditions.

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This EFB has been manufactured by navAero™.

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The model of this EFB is t · Bag ™ C22 . The manufacturer’s part numbers for the monitor and CPU are 14-DPU-003 and 17-CPU-001, respectively.

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

 

Component

Manufacturer

Model

Part Number

Motherboard

Kontron

ETX 1.8 GHz

18008-000-18-2

BIOS

Pheonix

Release 6.1

N/A

Processor

Intel

Pentium M

N/A

Video Card

Intel

855MG

N/A

Hard Drive

Fujitsu/Hitachi

HGT2040AH

 

      or

          “

MHT2040AH

38-0020-01. 2

CD-ROM

N/A

 

 

DVD Drive

N/A

 

 

Wireless Connection

N/A

 

 

Power Supply

navAero

 

 

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This EFB has been demonstrated and accepted with MicroSoft™ Windows XP®.

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The following applications have been evaluated for use on this specific EFB.

2.5.1              “Type A” Applications

2.5.1.1            No “Type A” applications were evaluated for this report.

2.5.2               “Type B” Applications

2.5.2.1            “Type B” applications (and version for each application) evaluated for this report:

 

§            Jeppesen EFB Application Manager

§            Jeppesen Terminal Charts Application

§            Lufthansa Lido eRouteManual

2.5.3               “Type C” Applications

2.5.3.1            No “Type C” applications were for this report.

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3.1              Hardware. The EFB mounting system hardware approved by STC and evaluated for this report is manufactured by either QPL® or NavAero. The model numbers associated with this mount are:

 

Part

Part Number

Vendor

Mount – Lower

A2005-099-301-1

QPL

Swivel Mount

90-30-562-200L

QPL

Cradle – Monitor

14-MDU-003

QPL

Computer Mounting Plate

14-MNP-001

NavAero

Docking Station

14-DKS-001

NavAero

                       

3.1.1              This mounting system for the B-737 was evaluated by the Seattle Aircraft Evaluation Group. Long Beach Aircraft Evaluation Group performed the evaluation of the MD-10 and MD-11. The systems were found to be acceptable for use in all phases of flight.

3.2              Certification. The mounting system has been Part 25 certified. The Supplemental Type Certificate Numbers for the ASG mounting system and installation of dual NavAero Class 2 EFB’s are contained in paragraph 18.

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

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4.1              Display lighting. This EFB display lighting has been evaluated in all lighting conditions. The display is readable under the full range of lighting conditions.

4.2              Display Reflectivity. The display reflectivity has been evaluated for all phases of flight, day and night, conditions. There was no distracting reflectivity observed when mounted to the ASG mounting system.

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5.1                          Normal operating procedures must be included in the applicable airplane operations manual. Descriptions of specific software applications may be contained in a “User Guide” supplied by the application vendor.

5.2                          Non-Normal procedures associated with the EFB require Level A training and checking as defined in AC 120-53.

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6.1        An acceptable data revision process may use an established secure data distribution network (e.g. WiFi), Compact Disk, or Memory Stick. Data will be loaded to the EFB using procedures specified by the manufacturer.  This data distribution system must include the procedures to protect the EFBs from virus infection and other threats to the system.  The system must also include a process by which it confirms to the operator delivery and installation of the updates.

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7.1              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 charting 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 other operators.  For information regarding previously approved programs or programs crediting previous EFB experience, FAA Principal Inspectors for other operators may be consulted.

7.2              Initial Training.   Pilots should be trained to proficiency using Level C training as defined in AC120-53. CBT’s must be used in conjunction with an applicable ground training device (e.g. the navAero touch screen and CPU). The table below reflects training that has been reviewed and found acceptable by the Seattle Aircraft Evaluation Group’s EFB Flight Standardization Board and may be approved by an operator’s POI.

 

Training

Version

Manufacturer

Aircraft Type

Jeppesen’s EFB Computer Based Training

Ver 2.0, July 2005

 

JEPPESEN®

B-737-600

B-737-700

B-737-800

Lido eRouteManual Computer Based Training

Ver 32.9

FedEx ®

                               Express

Flight Training

MD-10-10F

MD-10-30F

MD-11

MD-11F

 

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

 

7.3    Recurrent Training .   Recurrent training specific to the NavAero is not required for EFB operation provided the functions are used regularly in line operations. Operators should include EFB as a component of simulator recurrent training consistent with other normal and non-normal procedures training.

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8.1              Checking.   Pertinent knowledge and procedures for EFB use should be checked following initial training, annual proficiency checks (or LOFTS) and line checks.  This checking may be accomplished as an automated component of EFB computer-based training.

8.2              Areas of emphasis.   The following areas of emphasis should be addressed during checks: proficiency with use of EFB applications, proper outside visual scan without prolonged fixation on EFB operation, failure of component(s) of the EFB, and proper use of the chart clip function.

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9.1              No unique currency provisions apply to the EFB.

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The navAero t · Bag ™ C22 has been tested for selected sections of the RTCA DO-160D requirements, “Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Airborne Equipment.” Radiated emissions measurements were performed from 2 MHz to 6 GHz and conducted emissions were performed from 150 kHz to 30 MHz. All components passed to a Category Level M. The navAero™ t· Bag™ C22 has been found to not exhibit any unacceptable levels of electromagnetic radiation.

 

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 navAero t · Bag ™ C22 has not been tested for rapid depressurization. Alternate procedures must be developed by the airline to deal with total loss of the EFB system. In the event of a depressurized aircraft the crew may need to refer to the airline’s operating procedures for loss of EFB.

12     Operating System

Changes to the EFB operating system will require that the operator notify their Principal Inspector or FSDO that the operation of all approved applications continues to meet intended function.

13     Configuration Control

The operator will need to demonstrate to the Principal Inspector or FSDO 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 operator is responsible to demonstrate to the Principal Inspector or FSDO 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 the 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

16.1      Training Device. The EFB must be taught on the actual hardware planned for use by flight crews.

16.2      Simulator.  For “paperless” cockpit operations th e EFB must be available in simulators used for training unless aircraft training or supervised flight segments are included in the operator’s training program.

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17.1      Approval Level and Approval Criteria.   Alternate means of compliance to the provisions of this report, must be coordinated through 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 suitability report.  Analysis, demonstrations, proof of concept testing, differences documentation, or other evidence may be required.

17.2      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.

17.3      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.

18    The Applicability of this Report

18.1      Aircraft. The following listed aircraft and applicable STC’s, as applicable, have been evaluated for installation and use of the navAero™ t · Bag™ C22 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB):

 

STC1

TCDS2

Aircraft Manufacturer

Aircraft Type

ST03165AT

A16WE

The Boeing Company

B-737-600

B-737-700

B-737-800

ST03327AT

A22WE

McDonnell Douglas Corporation

MD-10-10F

MD-10-30F

MD-11

MD-11F

ST03335AT

A28NM

Airbus

A319

A320

A321

1.  Supplemental Type Certificate

2.  Type Certificate Data Sheet


Appendix 1

 

The following documents have been reviewed and evaluated by the applicable AEG during the determination of this report.

 

Jeppesen Class 1 and 2 Electronic Flight Bag User’s Guide; Ver 2.0, Jun 2005

Federal Express DVD Lido eRouteManual Flight Training v32.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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.

1. TITLE 14 OF THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS (14 CFR).

 

        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 -

(a)                            91.9, 91.21,

(b)                            91.103(b),

(c)                            91.175(a),

(d)                            91.503(a)(4).

 

(2) Title 14 CFR § 121 –

(a)                            121.97(b), 121.97(c),

(b)                            121.117(b), 121.117(c),

(c)                            121.135(a), 121.135(b)(8)(i) / (iv) / (v), 121.137(a), 121.139(a),

(d)                            121.306,

(e)                            121.549,

(f)                                121.576.

 

(3) Title14 CFR § 125 –

(a)                            125.73(r)

(b)                            125.204, 125.215(a)(4)

 

(4) Title 14 CFR § 135 –

(a)    135.23(r),

(b)    135.83(a)(4),

(c)    135.144.

 

2. FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) ADVISORY CIRCULARS (AC), ORDERS, POLICY STATEMENTS, AND TECHNICAL STANDARD ORDERS (TSO).

        a. ACs (current version)

 

AC-120-76A

 

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

 

Order 8400.10     CHDO

Order 8300.10     CHDO