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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the regulatory requirements, practice and technological solutions utilised for the effective management of airworthiness in the civil and military aviation and aerospace domain. Emphasis is given on the current challenges faced by the aviation and aerospace industry, including certification and operation of aircraft and space vehicles (spaceworthiness).


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. Spaceworthiness: From airworthiness to spaceworthiness, FAA rules, commercial space transportation, licensing, launch safety responsibilities, flight safety analysis, ground safety, experimental permit, advisory material,

Learning Outcomes:

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

- Define the principle and different functions of airworthiness; - Understand the regulations associated to initial and continuing airworthiness; - Understand airworthiness practice and management within a regulatory context; - Understand 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 and spaceworthiness; - Analyse key concepts, methods and practices utilised in the management of airworthiness and spaceworthiness; - 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 and spaceworthiness.

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

- Acknowledge the essential role of regulation and safe design, certification, operation and maintenance of aircraft and aerospace vehicles; - Appreciate the importance of safety requirements in airworthiness and spaceworthiness 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:

Normal lectures and in-class problem-based learning using case studies from the aviation and aerospace industry. Most of the cognitive learning outcomes will render the students knowledgeable and articulate in the key areas of airworthiness and spaceworthiness management and engineering, in addition to regulatory matters and modern challenges. Critically, the affective learning outcomes render students responsible through appreciation of critical aviation and aerospace safety requirements and collaborative through group exercises.

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:

ICAO (2014) Doc 9626 'Manual on the Regulation of International Air Transport' , ICAO
ICAO (2014) ICAO Doc 9760 'Airworthiness Manual' , ICAO
Michael J Kroes (2013) Aircraft Maintenance and Repair , McGraw-Hill
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)
C Haddon-Cave QC (2009) An Independent review into the broader issues surrounding the loss of the RAF Nimrod MR2 Aircraft XV230 in Afghanistan in 2006 , UK House of Commons

Programme(s) in which this Module is Offered:

BSAMAEUFA - Aircraft Maintenance and Airworthiness Engineering
BEAEENUFA - Aeronautical Engineering
MEAEENTFA - Aeronautical Engineering

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