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Old 18th Jan 2008, 22:25
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How do you receive your manuals?

We send our Operations and FCOM (and FCTM) out on disc to crew.

We have only just started doing this but it cuts down on cost and time. Rather than each member of crew receiving 5-6 manuals, they get one CD with everything they need. They have, of course, complained that reading info on a computer screen is much harder than reading it face to face with a hard copy.

So how does your airline operate with regards to the issue of hard copies of manuals?

If, for some reason, you can't view the contents of your disc then we even publish our manuals (+notacs etc) on our Intranet system and they can be printed off.
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My company still uses the paper manuals for the time being but is in the process of transitioning to actually now we have both which is fantastic..paper books to read at home, and the cds on the laptop to read when one is away without the need to carry the books.
The company gets a cd with the updates from airbus and it is then distributed to the crews
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All done on pilot laptops, which are synchronised with the company server at the start of each duty to get updates. This includes all manuals, notices, forms and also take-off performance software which we use operationally to eak that little extra derate (over and above tabulated data) and hence save on engine wear.

On the aircraft we still have paper manuals, which still seems a necessity. If you are searching for something then there upsides and downsides to each form of medium. Using the laptop allows you to search the PDF manual for exact words and/ or phrases and will result in all the hits listed. Searching the paper manual for all these would take longer. However, by the time you have powered up your laptop you could have found a reference in the paper manual and be reading it!

It takes a bit of getting used to using the laptop for all manuals and it all comes down to usability; ensure that each manual has a good set of bookmarks and the task becomes significantly easier, if it doesn't it becomes a real pain!

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