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Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Subcommittee

Last Update: March 13, 2014

Co-Chairman: Maurice Ingle, American Airlines
Co-Chairman: Sonja Schellenberg. Lufthansa Systems

APIM 11-012A: Supplement 4 to ARINC Specification 834: Aircraft Data Interface Function (ADIF) (pdf, 194K)
APIM 12-001: Aircraft Interface Device (AID) (pdf, 89K)
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 of the activity are:

  • 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 situational awareness and better information availability

Work Program: The AEEC endorsed EFB work program presently consists of updating the three ARINC EFB Specifications:

  1. Project Paper 759: Aircraft Interface Device (AID):

    Project Paper 759 will define a standard form, fit and function specification for a certified Aircraft Interface Device (AID). This is required to supply avionics data to non-flight critical devices and to comply with FAA AC20-173: Installation of EFB Components.

  2. 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).

  3. Supplement 4 to ARINC Specification 834: Aircraft Data Interface Function (ADIF):

    New material will include definition of a minimum command set for the Simple Text Avionics Protocol (STAP) that must be supported to be considered A834 compliant. These will in turn support the Aircraft Interface Device (AID).


Current Drafts:

Circulation Prior to Adoption Action
Draft 3 of ARINC Project Paper 759: Aircraft Interface Device (AID)

Circulation Prior to Adoption Action
Draft 2 of Supplement 4 to ARINC Specification 834: Aircraft Data Interface Function (ADIF)

Meeting Announcement:

Last Meeting Report and Presentations:

Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Subcommittee
January 21-23, 2014, in El Segundo, California


Staff Contact

Pete Grau
Industry Activities Staff
pgrau@arinc.com
410.573.3154