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Matching Capacity to the Fluctuating Demands of Tech Writing

Have you ever wondered why there are so many contract gigs in technical writing and so few full-time positions? It’s challenging to find qualified people and bringing in temp contractors is one way to do it, but that’s not what I’m talking about. What I’m talking about is situations like the one below, described by a technical writer friend of mine.

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Need Technical Writers? We Got Those!

And technical illustrators…and drafters…and programmers…and, well, you get the picture. We’ve got a whole company full of technical staff that is available for you and your projects. Read on to learn more about how we can help you be successful!

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More Help in Understanding Instructions for Continued Airworthiness

OneStrand posted a great radio blog giving you additional information on Instructions for Continued Airworthiness. This is an update to Ernie Brache’s original post that you can find here.

You can find the radio blog here.

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Don’t Let Your Legacy Documentation Hold You Back!

Are you standing with one foot in an analog past and the other in a digital future? Are you still relying on legacy PDF manuals even as your company goes digital? Are you not ready to commit to full Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals yet? We can help you move your legacy documentation forward with a cost-effective and timely solution!

Let us upgrade your legacy PDF, Word, FrameMaker, or even paper manuals to text-searchable, fully linked and interlinked manual sets. Adding links to your existing references will let your team move seamlessly between a component or system’s operation instructions, maintenance procedures, schematics, parts info, and more. Our industry-leading, customizable process will address your unique circumstances to transform your technical manuals into something your team can access from any device.

Our customer Laure Vandenbroucke from Jet Aviation AG stated, “The advantage of one unique document gathering OMM, IPC, WDM manuals from other providers allows the engineers/maintenance team to have one single repository for information.  The operation is efficient and avoids losing time looking for documents (latest revisions, etc.)”.

At AEC, we are committed to delivering accurate technical information to those who need it, when they need it, where they need it. Across industries, providing the right information at the point of use emerges as one of the best ways to help your technicians succeed. We can help you help them, by eliminating the unnecessary navigation time caused by physical or digital page-turning.

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The U.S. National Military Appreciation Month

In appreciation for the dedication and bravery of our troops and veterans, we thank you in our OneStrand Team blog and video for the month of May!

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AEC Year in Review

As the AEC Team wraps up 2016, we wanted to extend a heartfelt thanks to our customers and partners for their dedication and support over the years in allowing us to grow and achieve much success this year. Here is a peak at our year in review that our customers and partners helped us achieve.

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Considering S1000D for Your Aircraft Technical Documentation

Well, it finally happened. After many years of existence of the S1000D specification, civil aviation finally adopted it in earnest. In my estimation it started with Boeing on the 787, followed closely by Airbus with the A350, and the soon-to-enter-into-service Bombardier C-series commercial aircraft.

But the costs can be very high. We ourselves watched with interest the forces pushing for S1000D in civil aviation. Six years ago we made efforts to get educated on it, and to see what the costs would be to get into it.

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Understanding Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA)

Since the loss of Swissair Flight 111 on September 2, 1998, the FAA started to look closer at aircraft modifications and the respective documentation, with a focus on the ICAs. While the FARs have always required ICAs, enforcement had been limited to new Type Certificates. After this tragic loss of life, the FAA began to look closer at ICAs for interior modifications. Then came the investigation report after the loss of TWA Flight 800 July 17, 1996 which found no evidence of a terrorist attack. These two horrific accidents put the whole topic of Instructions for Continued Airworthiness front and center for the FAA.

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Whether To use Simplified Technical English (STE)

It’s an established fact that English is the international language of civil aviation. And it’s probably safe to say that, in western countries, this is also a fact for military aviation. But let’s stick to civil aviation, for now. The fact is, many maintenance personnel, and others in civil aviation, learn English as a second language. That makes it imperative that when they read an instruction or description that there be no ambiguity. That’s where STE comes in.

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