Bag (EFB) Subcommittee
November 11, 2014
Co-Chairman: Maurice Ingle, American Airlines
Co-Chairman: Sonja Schellenberg, Lufthansa Airlines
APIM 11-012B: Supplement 5 to ARINC Specification 834: Aircraft Data Interface Function (ADIF) (pdf, 138K)
APIM 13-002: Supplement 4 to ARINC Specification 828: Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Standard Interface (pdf, 109K)
Goal: The Goal of the EFB Subcommittee is to develop standards applicable to EFB use and implementation. These encompass Class 1, 2 and 3 EFBs utilized by numerous airlines on multiple aircraft types. The standards are comprised of both hardware and software specifications and apply to interfaces, wiring and connectors, data protocols and application control.
Scope: The Subcommittee is responsible for maintaining standards in the above noted areas. Future developments that impact EFBs or are affected by them will be coordinated through this Subcommittee. Additional issues for investigation may originate from the EFB Users Forum, airlines, suppliers or other AEEC groups.
Benefit: Benefits derived from this activity:
- A wider range of product offerings (hardware and software)
- Product interchangeability (hardware and software)
- Increased competition and lower costs
- Expanded EFB capabilities
- Increased reliability
- Reduced integration effort
- Cost savings through improved efficiency, reduced fuel consumption and decreased paperwork
- Increased safety through improved pilot situational awareness and better information availability
Work Program: The AEEC endorsed EFB work program presently consists of updating the following ARINC Standards:
- Supplement 4 to ARINC Specification 828: Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Standard Interface:
New material will include two lightweight connectors to be utilized where the EFB processing unit (PU) is separated from the display unit (DU).
- Supplement 5 to ARINC Specification 834: Aircraft Data Interface Function (ADIF):
New material will include modifications to add read and write capabilities to the GAPS protocol and updates to the STAP protocol.
Last Meeting Report and Presentations:
Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Subcommittee
January 21-23, 2014, in El Segundo, California