Categories: General
      Date: Aug 12, 2009
     Title: Orlando’s ASD- Simplified Technical English

Orlando Chiarello is the Chairman of the ASD Simplified Technical English Maintenance Group (STEMG), responsible for the development and maintenance of the ASD-STE100, Simplified Technical English, Specification (www.asd-ste100.org). He is the Product Support Manager of Secondo Mona (www.secondomona.com), an Italian aerospace systems and equipment manufacturer, where he is responsible for the aftermarket support of the company products.



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Orlando's Question for June 2017

How can you rewrite this paragraph in STE (FIA, F1 Rules and regulations for 2016)?

5.5.3 At any given engine speed the driver torque demand map must be monotonically increasing for an increase in accelerator pedal position.
5.5.4 At any given accelerator pedal position and above 4,000rpm, the driver torque demand map must not have a gradient of less than – (minus) 0.045Nm/rpm.

Orlando's Question for May 2017

How can you rewrite this paragraph in STE?

The maximum torque of the MGU-K may not exceed 200Nm. The torque will be referenced to the crankshaft speed and the fixed efficiency correction defined in Article 5.2.2 will be used to monitor the maximum MGU-K torque.
The laminate thickness of the MGU-K may not be less than 0.05mm.

Orlando's Question for April 2017

How can you rewrite this paragraph in STE?

5.5 Power unit torque demand:

5.5.1 The only means by which the driver may control acceleration torque to the driven wheels is via a single chassis mounted foot (accelerator) pedal.
5.5.2 Designs which allow specific points along the accelerator pedal travel range to be identified by the driver or assist him to hold a position are not permitted.

Orlando's Question for March 2017

How can you rewrite this paragraph in STE?

The MGU-K must be solely and permanently mechanically linked to the powertrain before the main clutch. This mechanical link must be of fixed speed ratio to the engine crankshaft.
The rotational speed of the MGU-K may not exceed 50,000rpm.
The weight of the MGU-K (as defined in line 11 of Appendix 2 to these regulations) may not be less than 7kg.

Orlando's Question for February 2017

How can you rewrite this paragraph in STE? "Engines must have two inlet and two exhaust valves per cylinder. Only reciprocating poppet valves with axial displacement are permitted.  The sealing interface between the moving valve component and the stationary engine component must be circular."

Orlando's Question for January 2017

How can you rewrite this sentence in STE?

The use of any device, other than the engine described in 5.1 above, and one MGU-K, to propel the car, is not permitted.

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Orlando's Question for December 2016

How can you rewrite this sentence in STE?

When the car is on the track a lap will be measured on each successive crossing of the timing line, however, when entering the pits the lap will end, and the next one will begin, at the start of the pit lane (as defined in the F1 Sporting Regulations).

Orlando's Question for November 2016

Which spelling is used in STE?

Orlando's Questions for October 2016

Which is the second axiom of technical communication?  

Orlando's Question for September 2016

Which is the first axiom of technical communication?

Orlanod's Question for August 2016

Where can I find a good article on Simplified Technical English?

Orlando's Question for July 2016

Can Simplified Technical English be applied to documents other than aviation maintenance documents?

Orlando's Question for June 2016

Which is the relationship between Simplified Technical English and Mirce Mechanics?

Orlando's Question for May 2016

Why are there no guidelines here for abbreviations of nomenclature?

Orlando's Question for April 2016

How were the words for the STE dictionary chosen?

Orlando's Question for March 2016:

Can I speak STE?

Orlando's Question for February 2016

Can STE be used to teach English?

Orlando's Question for January 2016

Do conditional clauses always need to precede the main clause?

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Orlando's Qustion for December 2015

Why does STE not allow “ing” forms?

Orlando's Question for November 2015

Does the ASD-STE100 specification tell you how to use punctuation?

Orlando's Question for October 2015

When writing in STE, why is it important to keep the ideas in one sentence to a minimum?

Orlando's Question for September 2015

Which is the nation top ten of the STE users?

Orlando's Question for August 2015

Can STE be used to teach a technical writer English?

Orlando's Question for July 2015

Is STE recognized and used by the FAA?

Orlando's Question for June 2015

Which are the top 10 Nations requesting copies of the STE specification?

Orlando's Question for May 2015

Which is the percentage of native and non-native English speaking writers using the STE specification?

Orlando's Question for April 2015

Is the STE specification used also outside Aerospace and Defence?

Orlando's Question for March 2015

Who is the owner of the STE specification? 

Orlando's Question for February 2015

Where do I get a copy of the STE specification? Is it free of charge?

Orlando's Quation for January 2015

Does STE regulate units of measurement?

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Orlando's Example for December 2014

Which verb form most occurs in procedures written in STE?

Orlando's Example for November 2014

Will STE change the meaning of maintenance procedures?

Orlando's Example for October 2014

How can the following sentence be rewritten in order to be compliant with the STE rules?
Paint the unit with a pressure sensitive low temperature curing glass cloth coating varnish.

Orlando's Example for September 2014

Is STE simple to write?

Orlando's Example for August 2014

Can Technical Names and Technical Verbs contain vocabulary that is explicitly unapproved in the dictionary?

Orlando's Example for July 2014

How were the words for the STE dictionary chosen?

Orlando's Example for June 2014

Does the STE dictionary include all the words that are necessary to write technical documentation?

Orlando's Example for May 2014

Why passive sentences cannot be used in procedures? 

Orlando's Example for April 2014

Do conditional clauses always need to precede the main clause?

Orlando's Examole for March 2014

In Simplified Technical English we can use words that are approved in the controlled dictionary.

What about if a word we would like to use is not listed at all?

Orlando's Example for February 2014

In Simplified Technical English we can use words that are approved in the controlled dictionary, Technical Names and Technical Verbs.
Technical Verbs are not listed in the Dictionary but they are defined in the specification by 4 categories. Which are these categories?

Orlando's Example for January 2014

RULE: 1.5 states that in STE we can use words that are Technical Names.
Technical Names which are not listed in the Dictionary but they are defined in the specification by 19 categories. Which are these categories?

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Orlando's Example for December 2013

Why is the STE specification itself not written in STE?

Orlando's Example for November 2013

Which sentence is written in correct STE?
 
a) From top to bottom, the controls on the main panel consist of an OFF/ON main switch, a START push button, and a STOP/O.S. TEST push button.
b) The controls on the main panel, from the top to the bottom, are:
- An OFF/ON main switch
- A START push button
- A STOP/O.S. TEST push button.

Orlando's Example for October 2013

Which sentences are written in correct STE?
a) Cracks can be a maximum of five inches long.
b) Can be a maximum of five inches long.
c) Don’t use the part if it is included in post-SB 47-7001 assemblies.
d) Do not use the part if it is included in post-SB 47-7001 assemblies

 Orlando’s Example for September 2013 

Which sentence is written in correct STE?
a) Adjust to obtain door operating rod alignment.
b) Adjust the door operating rod until it is aligned.
 

Orlando’s Example for August 2013

Which sentence is written in correct STE?
a) The body is the primary part of the valve.
b) The body is the main part of the valve.
 

Orlando’s Example for July 2013

Which sentence is written in correct STE?
a)    Make a sandwich with two washers (25) and the spacer (26).
b)    Install the spacer (26) between the two washers (25).

Orlando’s  English Example for June 2013: 

Which of the following sentences is correct in Simplified Technical English?

a) The pressure is increasing during the test.
b) The pressure increases during the test

Orlando’s Example for May 2013: 

Which of the following sentences is correct in Simplified Technical English?

a) Holes must not have sharp edges?
b) Holes shall not have sharp edges?
c) Holes should not have sharp edges?

Orlando’s Example for April 2013: 

Which of the following sentences is correct in Simplified Technical English?

a) One generator has the ability to supply power for all the systems.
b) One generator can supply power for all the systems.  

Orlando’s Example for March 2013: 

Which of the following two NOTES is correct in a maintenance procedure?

a) NOTE: It is not necessary to disassemble the pins from the electrical connector.
b) NOTE: Do not disassemble the pins from the electrical connector. 

Orlando’s Example for February 2013: 

Which is the correct sentence?

a) The circuits are connected by a switching relay?
b) A switching relay connects the circuits?

Orlando’s Example for January 2013:: 

Which is the correct sentence?

a) Turn off the power.
b) Stop the power supply.

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