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Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) and Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) in Commercial Aviation

In association with the UK Civil Aviation Authority

CPD in Flight Data Monitoring
  • 23 February - 26 February 2015
  • Duration: 3.5 days
  • Location: Cranfield campus

Cranfield University, in association with the UK's Civil Aviation Authority, has brought together experts in their respective fields for an intense 3½ day course on FDM / FOQA. Established in 2004, this popular course has attracted delegates from over 60 countries having gained a global reputation.

  • Course objectives

    This course will provide delegates with an advanced appreciation of the technical, operational, management and legal issues surrounding a flight data monitoring (FDM) programme, also referred to as flight operational quality assurance (FOQA). Under regulations introduced by ICAO in 2005, FDM / FOQA became mandatory for most operators of large aircraft.

  • Course topics

    • The History of FDM / FOQA and an Overview of its Objectives
    • CAP739, EASA and ICAO Regulatory Frameworks
    • Integration of FDM / FOQA within a Safety Management System
    • FDM / FOQA Technology
    • Setting Analysis Targets
    • Data Recovery and Analysis Tools
    • Principles of Data Validation and Assessment
    • Trace Interpretation, with both Theoretical and Practical Sessions
    • Database Management
    • The Use of Statistics in Data Analysis
    • Animation and Visualisation in Data Presentation
    • FDM / FOQA in Accident and Incident Investigation
    • The Interface Between Analysts and Crews
    • Legal Aspects of FDM / FOQA Data Collection, Retention and Use
    • The Use of FDM / FOQA to Justify Operational and Technical Change
    • The Potential of FDM / FOQA within Maintenance Programmes
  • Who should attend

    Subject matter and speakers ensure the course's relevance to novice and expert alike. 

    Intended participants include:

    • FDM / FOQA analysts
    • flight safety officers
    • aircrew representatives
    • regulators
    • FDM / FOQA system suppliers
    • aircraft manufacturers
    • accident investigators

    Delegates have come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including:

    • national and regional airlines
    • cargo operators
    • corporate operators
    • helicopter operators
    • military organisations
    • pilot unions
    • research institutions
    • aircraft manufacturers
    • FDM / FOQA system providers
    • regulatory authorities.
  • Speakers

    Speakers are drawn from across industry to provide up to date and relevant expert knowledge of all elements of FDM / FOQA.

  • Course delivery

    The course will be delivered by lecturers experienced in FDM and experts drawn from industry. The course will consist of lectures and a series of workshops to give delegates practical experience of interpreting flight data.
  • Course fee


    The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately.

    Discount for 3rd and subsequent delegates from the same company/site.
  • Location and travel details

    Cranfield campus

    Cranfield University is located at the very heart of the UK – within the innovation triangle between London and the cities of Oxford and Cambridge.

    Our central location provides easy access from the M1, excellent main line rail service as well as proximity to key international airports. Set in rolling countryside, Cranfield offers a rich, rural landscape complemented by thriving towns and picturesque villages.

    • Road: We are just 10 minutes from Junctions 13 and 14 of the M1 motorway. There is free parking on campus.
    • Rail: Milton Keynes or Bedford
    • Air: London Luton (22 miles), Heathrow (50 miles) or Birmingham (70 miles).

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  • Accommodation


    Accommodation is available at the Cranfield Management Development Centre which is located on campus.

Read our  Professional development (CPD) booking conditions