This week Rubicon is teaching its second course using iPads instead of paper manuals. A B737-700 Systems course for one of our West Coast customers began on Monday.
“There comes a point when the cost of printing color manuals exceeds the cost of purchasing electronic tablets. For us, that line was crossed in March of 2012”, said Richard D’Loss, President of Rubicon. While there are a few disadvantages, like not being able to take notes in your training manual, the advantages are far greater. For example, the students can zoom in on parts of graphics, which is especially important for schematics and control panels where the print in conventional manuals is often very small. The iPads can easily accommodate an entire library of still photos and videos to complement conventional classroom training. Also, the storage of paper manuals after the course is completed has always been a problem. Training manuals often ended up in the basement or the trash can. The iPads not only provide a better display of color graphics, but are space conserving and environmentally friendly.
In 2013, Rubicon looks forward to incorporating course examinations into the iPads. An exam generator will provide random exams to provide security, give immediate results to the student, and transmit course results securely back to the Rubicon server.