Air Publications (APs) provide technical information concerning aircraft and aircraft equipment required by planning staff, unit users/operators and technicians involved with operational use, maintenance or repair of the equipment.
The information contained within APs is divided into a standard set of Topics which dictate what information is contained within each publication.
There are a total of 16 Topics which relate to aircraft and 10 which relate to ground support equipment, the most commonly used are listed below:
Topic 1 – General and Technical Information
This Topic contains all the information required to manage the equipment and also gives a technical description of the components of the system or equipment.
The information within the document consists of a description of the design and functionality of the components of the system at a detailed level, including how various parts of the system interact with each other.
This information can be used for a number of purposes but primarily is used for study and reference but can also be used to assist with fault diagnosis.
Topic 3 – Parts Catalogues and Related Information
This category contains all the information relating to spares for the equipment contained within an Illustrated Parts Catalogue (IPC) which is used for ordering spares and also in conjunction with Topic 4 & 5 when repairing the equipment.
Topic 4 and 5 – Maintenance Schedules
All scheduled information is contained within maintenance schedules which contain all the periodic maintenance required for the equipment.
This information is normally based on a time period but may also contain schedules relating to other periods such as mileage, hours run or rounds fired.
In addition this Topic may also contain information relating to unscheduled maintenance i.e. repair procedures though these are normally contained within Topic 6 – Repair and reconditioning manuals.
Topic 10 – Maintenance Diagrams and Data
This Topic contains any MoD or supplier diagrams which relate to the equipment.
These would normally include any schematics, which could be electrical or mechanical, and any related information, such as cable schedules.
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