Reading Among Aircraft Maintenance Personnel: Why And How They Read
Aircraft maintenance personnel (AMP) are an important group in the aviation industry who ensure the airworthiness of the aircraft prior to flight. Having knowledge in aircraft technology is insufficient without an appropriate level and type of English language proficiency. AMP must be able to read and understand written documentation pertaining to aircraft maintenance. The purpose of this study is to investigate the particular reading needs of AMP . Specifically, it investigates the type of written documentation most frequently used in aircraft maintenance, and the reason and manner in which it is used. The results show that AMP refer to three different kinds of written document to perform aircraft maintenance. They referred to the written documentation to assist them with aircraft maintenance. Lastly, English language proficiency and background knowledge are equally important in order to understand the content of the written documentation.
Keywords- Aircraft maintenance personnel, aircraft maintenance manual, written documentation.