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Following our recent update of Module 10 - Aviation Legislation, and the great positive feedback we recieved concerning this, we have just launched our latest issue of Module 5 - Digital Techniques / Electronic Instrument Systems. This new training aid has been totally updated to keep abreast of the latest technological developments in civil aviation, for large aircraft and also the new digital instrumentation systems now taking general aviation by storm. Touchscreen displays, head-up displays, synthetic vision, AMOLED displays and the latest developments in GPS, IMA, cabin systems and information systems are all included in this latest issue.
Example Module 5 page (Hard-Copy Colour version)
It is available in 5 versions - Category A, B1.1/B1.3, B1.2/B1.4, B2 and B3, in strict accordance with the Part-66 syllabus. Each version is for sale in Mono (b/w) hard-copy, colour hard-copy or eReader formats, in either Portrait or Landscape orientations, whichever is your reading preference. It is also available to corporate training organisations, in MSWord, and PowerPoint, all fully editable, with an extended copyright covenant.
We have put a lot of time and expense into the illustrations that accompany the text, and as such, you will find these both professionally presented and informative.
The format of the documents is quite different from previous TTS study manuals. We are calling this the "Next Gen" of our study materials. The text and the associated illustrations are on alternate pages (the Landscape format is strictly in accordance with the requirements of ATA104). No numbered illustration references are used (we use only the terms "as shown below" etc.) so that our corporate customers (who buy the editable formats) can very easily edit the documents - removing any content that they feel are too much for the syllabus, and adding any that they feel are lacking (not that this would ever be required).
Example Module 5 page (eReader version)
We also include links to relevant video clips which can be viewed by anyone with internet access and a browser (iPad, laptop, PC etc.), showing animations and professional descriptions of the principles involved in the subject matter. These can be used by anyone who is self-studying the Modules, or by instructors wishing to augment the classroom experience for their students.
It is without doubt our finest quality product to-date, and we will be applying this same dedication to quality to all our Module study notes revisions to the Next Gen from now on.
It is no secret amongst trainers and others responsible for the delivery of the content of the Module 5 syllabus, that the syllabus is somewhat illogical. Additionally, much of the Module 5 content is a duplication of the content of other Modules, and indeed the whole of subsection 5.15 is duplicated in Module 11A and 13. As practitioners we must work with what we are given and as such we have stuck to the syllabus religiously, although the reason that a B3 technician should study the Airbus' ECAM system, but not Boeing's EICAS, or indeed why the Light Aircraft (B3) technician needs to know about "Cabin Systems" and "Integrated Modular Avionics" is known only to those that wrote the syllabus.
Anyone wishing to buy a copy of the new Modue 5 Study Manual can do so in the TTS bookshop. You can choose from a variety of options and formats - Hard Copy (in Regular or Durable, Portrait or Landscape), or eReader. You will also need to specify the Licence Category for which you are studying.
If you have any questions regarding this new Module 5 release, please do not hesitate to use "Ask a Question" below.
To support the growing trend for training organisations providing courseware material (Study Notes etc.) to their student delegates as an eReader option, Total Training Support Ltd are able to offer secure eReader products and services.
It is always worth securing your study materials to prevent them being illegally distributed or even sold (on eBay for example), even long after your courses have been completed. This only serves to damage your organisation's business potential and reputation.
There are many opportunities and delivery options available. Here are just a couple of possibilities.
Option 1: TTS provide Study Notes as an eProduct download which can be opened on 1 or more devices (tablet such as iPad or android device, laptop, desktop etc.) for a limited duration. The student can read the material during the active period duration. When the active period expires, the material can no longer be accessed. The Active period can be set to any duration you want, for example 1-month, 6-months, 2-years, or until a set date in the future, depending on the duration of the course. Copying and printing of the course material is not permitted.
The eProduct course material can be accessed offline, after activation. It can be delivered via a download link or on a USB memory stick (however, remember that not all tablet devices have a USB port).
We can even replace the TTS logo with your own logo, and add additional pages and header/footer details on all your personalized course material. This may be necessary if you need to record content changes and issue numbers, which is a necessity if you are a Part-147 approved organisation. There is a 1-off fee payable for this service.
The cost is dependent upon the duration and the number of devices to which each eProduct will be locked to. Please contact us, detailing your exact requirements, and an estimate of how many downloads you will be requiring per month or per year, for a price.
Option 2: If you already have your own Study Notes, and can convert them to PDF, TTS can provide the security encryption. As above, the cost is dependant upon how many devices you want each eProduct to be locked to, and for what active duration. Please contact us, detailing your exact requirements, and an estimate of how many downloads you will be requiring permonth or per year, for a price.
Since you will be supplying your own technical content for your Study Notes, you will be buying only the encryption service. You will find that the cost for such a service is very reasonable and well worthwhile securing your courseware material and preventing illegal and uncontrolled distribution of your property.
For each of the Options described above, and any other option you can think of, we will set-up your own online Client Resource Center, where you can log-in, and order your Modular courseware as immediate eProduct downloads via an emailed link, or a USB memory stick which will arrive by mail in just a few days following the placement of your order.
On the face of it, it sounds a good idea. It certainly may be for individual "self-studiers" who own a kindle, a kobo or an iPad, and who want to save some money on the shipping of a set of hard copy study notes - from UK to some far distant lands, we are talking about £5-600 of savings on shipping alone, on a complete set of Modular (1-17) Study Notes.
But what about training organisations? We frequently get requests from training organisations to supply a number of PDF versions of our Study Notes, one for each of their students, to whom will be loaned an iPad or some other type of eReader.
It really does appear like a big saving in the long term, saving printing costs as well as possibly shipping costs also. But let's look at the facts more carefully:
Let's say you run some kind of apprenticeship programme, you have up to 20 people per class, and a 4 year programme, so you need 80 iPads. Assuming you do a deal with your local Apple store, and get them for £250 each, that's an initial outlay of £20,000. A cheaper Kobo eReader you might get for £60, that will be an initial outlay of £4,800.
You can reckon on about a 5% replacement rate per year, as your students will lose the devices, have them stolen, leave them on the bus, drop them etc. And then there is the necessity to upgrade them to the latest models, or at least replace the batteries, perhaps every 5 years.
The overhead costs of iPad management can, to some extent, be avoided, by GIVING the iPads to the students - to keep, even after the course to which they are subscribed, has been completed. One of our clients calculated that the printing costs for all 14 Modules that they needed to study over a 4 year B1 programme, was €500 per student, and the cost of a "give-away" iPad was €300 per student, with the added "feel-good" factor that a free iPad provides for the student.
On a negative side, we have also heard from one company who trialled the Ereader route a while ago. They cancelled the scheme after they discovered that their students actually don't like to read from a screen, and much prefer the print-on-paper option, and were printing out their 2000-page study notes using the little office printer, which cost their company many times more than it would have cost had their company got the printing done at the regular reprographics super print centre.
You also have considerable administration overhead - keeping 80 iPads charged and maintained, loading the eBooks onto each device, administering a deposit system, administering a loan system, these are all additional workloads that you don't have to worry about with paper copies.
To save on printing, there are alternatives to the eBook version. For example, buy 20 copies of each Module in Durable version paper copy (or design your own build style - clip folder bound, heavyweight paper etc.) and they can be loaned to your students on a rolling rota, and they will last perhaps 10 years, or more, without anywhere near the administration overhead cost of the eReader devices. And the initial outlay will still be less than that of the eReader devices.
So here are some pros and cons of the electronic version:
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