Originally Posted by BandB
Funny you mentioned an airplane manual as the builder that provided us the very extensive one is a builder that uses very Boeing like manufacturing systems, basically modeling themselves after Boeing.
Back in the '80s when an airline took delivery of a plane from us, part of the delivery/final signing "event" was at some point a bunch of women would troop in carrying big cardboard boxes. These were the operations and maintenance manuals for the plane. There were dozens of them and they would fill the racks the width and height of the rear door of a small ramp truck.
When I was supporting the 777 program I acquired the operations manuals for the 777. As I recall (they're stored away somewhere) it consisted of five or six smallish but thick. three-ring books.
Today, if an airline is given anything, it's a set of CDs or DVDs that have all the maintenance material on them. Everything has gone digital, to the point where at more and more airlines mechanics get on a plane with an iPad which links to the airplane's on-board fault isolation and reporting system and the airline's central maintenance computer.
I wonder if the high-end boat builders like Fleming and Nordhavn and Grand Banks have gone this route? You get a disk or a Flashdrive of some sort with the operator's manual on it.
Our Range Rover came with a very good and thorough owner's manual, and it also came with a VHS tape that showed you how to drive it in all sorts of conditions from wet roads to snow to full-bore off-road. I would think the ability today to imbed videos in almost any sort of digital presentation would be a real boon to the folks who create operations and maintenance manuals for boats, cars, you name it.