ARINC Conferences

Annapolis, Maryland


Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Users Forum

30 - 02
Annapolis, Maryland

2020 EFB Users Forum, COVID-19 Response

April 15, 2020

We would like to extend our thank you to the EFB community, our members, sponsors and exhibitors for their support. We have followed the COVID-19 pandemic as it has evolved and continue to follow protocols established by all local, state, and federal health officials.

As a result, the Spring 2020 EFB Users Forum planned for June 30- July 2 in Annapolis, Maryland has been cancelled. All sleeping room reservations in the room block have been automatically cancelled. We will be reaching out directly to those who have secured exhibit booths, sponsorships, and other meeting related items.

We wish you all good health through this world-wide pandemic that we are experiencing. As always, please feel free to reach out should you have questions. We are here to help and are happy to do so.

Best Regards from the entire ARINC IA Team to All and Stay Safe

March 18, 2020

SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (SAE ITC) and ARINC Industry Activities (ARINC IA) is firmly committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our members, customers, partners and staff who are attending our events. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation evolves on a near-hourly basis, we continue to monitor updates and follow protocols established by all local, state and federal health officials. Should the situation change, we will provide updates on the specific affected event pages on our website ( and with additional status and information.


About EFB Users Forum

Co-Chairman: Captain Philipp Haller, Austrian Airlines 
Co-Chairman: Captain Will Ware, Southwest Airlines

This activity provides a unified forum for airlines, system integrators, hardware and software providers, regulators, and other interested parties to present and discuss topics of interest to the EFB user community. This includes but is not limited to EFB subjects such as:

  • Regulatory changes
  • Communication interfaces (including media, provider, connectivity)
  • Data input devices, terminals, displays, and interactive devices
  • Hardware and software development
  • Electrical interfaces and power supply
  • Operational issues

The EFB Users Forum attracts airlines, suppliers, and regulators to discuss operational and technical trends. Speakers are invited to share their experiences and exchange information to identify issues and their potential solutions. This activity provides benefits to the aviation community by:

  • Clarifying in-service issues
  • Supporting operational enhancements
  • Promoting interchangeability of hardware and compatibility of software
  • Increasing competition and product offerings
  • Encouraging harmonized regulations
  • Publicizing EFB developments
  • Advancing new EFB applications

Thank you to our 2020 Exhibitors who have applied their support to the 2021 EFB Users Forum


Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors who have applied their support to the 2021 EFB Users Forum


EFB Meeting Materials

APIM 09-009C: EFB Users Forum 

General Topics of Discussion

Regulatory Issues

EFB Programs

EFB policy updates/education Operator experiences, tips, and best practices
Coordinating with regulators Achieveing paperless operations
EFB policy change initiatives EFB Administration tools, procedures,
and device control
EFB standards development EFB training
Qualifying devices for EFB use Operational procedures
Design and installation approvals Risk and safety management
Obtaining EFB authorization and
EFB business case considerations
NextGen/SESAR initiatives Industry trends and updates
Harmonizing international regulations 


EFB Hardware/Software

The Human Element

On-aircraft connectivity to the databus Human factors
Off-aircraft connectivity  Culture and change management                    
Security  Human-Machine interfaces
Portable and installed EFBs EFB innovations
Mounting and viewable stowage Workload consideratins
Power supply and battery issues Single sign-on and data entry
EFB architecture and design failure 
and recovery procedures
Seamless app to app navigation