AvPlan-EFB has been formally approved by CASA for use as an in-flight EFB in Australia in accordance with Civil Aviation Advisory Publication AC 91-17 , (replacing CAAP 233-1(1)), and the relevant Civil Aviation Safety Regulation parts (91, 119, 121, 133 and 135) referenced in the AC.
Please note that Paragraph 6.2 of the AC is clear about screen size requirements for EFBs; In order to function as an approved EFB, an EFB app must be run on a device with a screen size of at least 200mm measured diagonally (i.e. an iPad mini or larger). This effectively precludes the use of phones as in-flight EFB devices, regardless of which app is being used. AvPlan-EFB is nevertheless designed to run on your phone, where it functions perfectly well (and legally) as a planning device.
Advisory Circular AC91-20 states the rules for EFB use in New Zealand. The final paragraph in the document is as follows:
For part 91 operators, the use of an EFB in lieu of paper is the decision of the aircraft operator and/or the pilot in command. AC 91-78 and this Advisory Circular contain guidance on replacing paper products, including aeronautical charts, with an EFB. Operators transitioning to a paperless cockpit should undergo an evaluation period during which the operator should carry paper backups of the material on the EFB. During this period, the operator should validate that the EFB is as available and reliable as the paper-based system being replaced. All part 91 operators should also document compliance with CAR Part 91.7, Portable electronic devices
AvPlan-EFB is not specifically approved by the NZ CAA, but can be used legally as described in AC91-20 if the operator and/or PIC so decide.
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