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Electronic charts and approch plates

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Is it legal to use electronic charts and approch plates without having any paper copys on board?

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  1. Paul Tocknell on Dec 29, 2011

    The short answer is:

    Yes, you can legally use electronic charts and approach plates without having to carry paper on board IF you operate under Part 91 rules as most of general aviation does.

    If you are a Part 119, 121, 135 or certain subpart of 91(f&k), then you can with approval from your principal operating inspector (POI) and determining that your EFB (electronic flight bag) meets the requirements of certain advisory circulars and job aids that the FAA has distributed.  

    If you want more information about those ACs and job aids, you can search “EFB” at FAA.gov.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Paul

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  2. George on Dec 29, 2011

    thank you, Paul

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  3. Nathan Parker on Dec 29, 2011

    Note that under Part 91, there is no explicit requirement to carry charts at all, so an electronic chart certainly meets that non-existent requirement.

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