Etihad Airways has confirmed that it is training 200 licensed aircraft engineers with Apple’s iPad and an app developed by SR Technics.
The airline was cautious will the roll-out at first, training 11 licensed aircraft engineers initially, before pushing the training out on a wider scale. The training is used to detail technical work on the airline’s fleet of 11 Airbus A340 aircraft.
SR Technics, which is said to be part of the Mubadela Aerospace Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Network, claims to be one of the first companies to have introduced tablet technology for aircraft training courses, and says that the tablet is making learning more interactive and efficient.
“We have found that using such technology allows for more efficient and effective training, and one of the major benefits of the iPad is that additional supporting materials may now be included in the interactive manuals such as images, videos, cockpit voice recordings and incidents reports,” said Werner Rothenbaecher, senior VP of technical at Etihad Airways.
“This offers real added-value to our aircraft engineers, by providing a richer learning experience from a single delivery point,” added Rothenbaecher.
To date, tablets have been used for in-flight entertainment, and to assist pilots by replacing the conventional paper navigation charts. However, TabTimes believes this case to be the first where an airline is using tablets for aircraft education.