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Apple iPad – Time to Decompress


Unfortunately current FAA policy makes it difficult for individual operators to implement an iPad-based EFB without drastically driving up the cost, particularly for Part 135 Operators, who depend on a Principle Operations Inspector (POI) to authorize EFB use. Part 91 Operators may be able to squeak by some of the operational approval requirements, but the repair stations that install EFB provisions are still at the mercy of a Principle Maintenance Inspector (PMI). Both PMIs and POIs have to hold to the guidance in the FAA Inspector's Handbook, and under the guidance in the FAA Inspector’s Handbook 89001 CHG 47: Electronic Flight Bag Operational Approval Process, using an iPad as an EFB isn't as simple as taking a trip to the Apple Store.

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