1. Purpose of This Notice. This notice announces a planned revision to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Order 8900.1,
Volume 4, Chapter 15, Section 2, Electronic
Flight Bag (EFB) Program Checklist, and ensures operators are following Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) recommendations for portable EFB batteries, if applicable.
2. Audience. The primary audience for this notice is Flight Standards
Safety Assurance offices’ aviation safety inspectors (ASI) assigned oversight
of operators conducting operations under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) parts
91 subpart K (part
125 (including part
Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA) holders), and
secondary audience includes the Safety Standards and Foundational Business offices.
4. Background. Order 8900.1,
Volume 4, Chapter 15, Section 2 was
designed to assist principal inspectors (PI) when validating an operator’s
EFB program. The questions were developed utilizing the guidance outlined in Advisory Circular (AC)
for Use of Electronic Flight Bags. During a recent Flight Standards Evaluation Program (FSEP) audit, the causal analysis discovered a discrepancy between the
AC 120‑76 language and Order 8900.1
Volume 4, Chapter 15, Section 2 regarding
portable EFB batteries and OEM recommendations.
5. Guidance. For those portable EFBs utilizing batteries for
power, their replacement intervals must meet or exceed the OEM recommendations.
If the EFB manufacturer has not specified a battery replacement interval, then
the original battery (or cell) manufacturer’s specified replacement interval must be followed.
6. Action. If the OEM has battery replacement intervals, PIs/Principal
Operations Inspectors (POI)/Principal Maintenance Inspectors (PMI)/ASIs/cabin
safety inspectors (CSI) should ensure each operator’s EFB program is meeting or exceeding these recommendations.
7. Disposition. We will incorporate the information in this notice into Order 8900.1,
Volume 4, Chapter 15, Section 2 before
this notice expires. Direct questions or comments concerning the information in this notice to the Flight Technologies and Procedures Division (AFS-400) at 202-267-8790.
ORIGINAL SIGNED by
/s/ Robert C. Carty
Deputy Executive Director, Flight Standards Service