Review of safety reports involving electronic flight bags

Review of safety reports involving electronic flight bags

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    15th International Symposium of Aviation Psychology
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    NTL-AVIATION-Aviation Safety/Airworthiness ; NTL-AVIATION-Aviation Human Factors ; NTL-SAFETY AND SECURITY-Aviation Safety/Airworthiness ; NTL-SAFETY AND SECURITY-Human Factors ;
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    Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) are a relatively new device used by pilots. Even so, 37 safety-related events involving EFBs were identified from the public online Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) database as of June 2008. In addition, two accident reports from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) cite EFB as a contributing factor. Underlying EFB issues were ascribed to each ASRS report by the authors based on subject matter expertise. Pilots reported issues such as configuration of the chart display and difficulty using the EFB when they were newly implemented. Both NTSB reports identified use of an EFB for calculation of landing distance as a contributing factor in the accidents. The NTSB reports identify areas for improvement in the evaluation of EFB software as well as training and procedures. This report provides further recommendations for improving EFB guidance materials to mitigate safety issues.
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