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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

This module covers the regulatory requirements, practice and technological solutions utilised for the effective management of airworthiness in the civil and military aviation industry. Emphasis is given on the current challenges faced by the aviation , including certification and operation of aircraft and aeronautical products.


Introduction and definitions: Initial and continuing airworthiness; aviation maintenance concepts and principles. Regulatory context: The regulatory frameworks; certifying design, modifications and manufacturing of aircraft and aeronautical products; regulation and management of continuing airworthiness and maintenance, repair maintenance certifying requirements and training; safety management principles; Practice: Airframe and engine maintenance programmes principles; development, planning and implementation of maintenance programmes; technology in aircraft maintenance. Modern challenges: Ageing aircraft airworthiness sustainment; harmonising the global practice in aircraft maintenance; distinctions and similarities between military and civil aviation in airworthiness and maintenance management.

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

Upon successful completion of this module students will be able to: - Define the principle and different functions of airworthiness; - Demonstrate an understanding of the regulations associated to initial and continuing airworthiness; - Demonstrate an understanding of airworthiness practice and management within a regulatory context; - Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of aircraft maintenance programmes development, implementation and adaptation to the operating needs; - Apply practical management principles in airworthiness management; - Analyse the contemporary and emerging challenges in airworthiness; - Analyse key concepts, methods and practices utilised in the management of airworthiness; - Evaluate different approaches for the development and implementation of effective rules, procedures and practices for airworthiness management and engineering; - Synthesise knowledge to create innovative solutions to problems relating to airworthiness.

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

Upon successful completion of this module students will be able to: - Acknowledge the essential role of regulation and safe design, certification, operation and maintenance of aircraft and aeronautical products; - Appreciate the importance of safety requirements in airworthiness management; - Evaluate issues relating to the safe implementation of airworthiness requirements within the civil and military aviation and aerospace industry; - Co-operate in a team environment, both as leader and member.

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How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

The module will be delivered online (distance learning) through the University's learning management system. Online lectures integrating active-learning tutorials ('lectorials'), with an emphasis on interactive engagement with students, will be used. The online lectures will include notes on power point slides, demonstrated examples and presentation of case studies from the aircraft maintenance and airworthiness management sector. While the programme will be predominantly delivered by distance learning, there may also be opportunities for industry visits.

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Prime Texts:

Filippo De Florio (2016) Airworthiness an introduction to aircraft certification and operations , Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann
Harry Kinnison, Tariq Siddiqui (2013) Aviation Maintenance Management , McGraw-Hill

Other Relevant Texts:

SAE (1996) SAE ARP4671 'Guidelines and Methods for Conducting the Safety Assessment Process on Civil Airborne Systems and Equipment' , SAE
Leon Purton, Kyriakos Kourousis (2014) Military airworthiness management frameworks: a critical review , Procedia Engineering (Elsevier)

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