This one-week short course aims to expand your knowledge of airframe systems, their role, design and integration.

In particular, to provide you with an appreciation of the considerations necessary when selecting aircraft power systems and the effect of systems on the aircraft as a whole.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 03 - 07 Jun 2024
  • Duration1 week
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,665.   The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

The course is delivered through a series of lectures during the mornings and a mixture of tutorials and highly interactive group design exercises in the afternoons. Each delegate will receive a copy of the text book “Aircraft Systems” by Moir and Seabridge. Delegates should bring their own scientific calculator with them.

Core content

  • Introduction to Airframe Systems
  • Systems Design Philosophy and Safety
  • Aircraft Secondary Power Systems
  • Aircraft Pneumatics Power Systems
  • Aircraft Hydraulics Power Systems
  • Aircraft Electrical Power Systems
  • Aircraft Emergency Systems
  • Flight Control Power Systems
  • Aircraft Environmental Control
  • Aircraft Icing and Ice Protection Systems
  • Aviation Fuels and Aircraft Fuel Systems
  • Engine Off-Take Effects
  • Fuel Penalties of Systems
  • Advanced and Possible Future Airframe Systems
  • The Ageing of Aircraft Systems

Who should attend

The course will be of benefit to those recently involved with aircraft systems, as well as those with some previous experience. The course will also benefit those already with experience in a particular area of aircraft design, looking to gain a broader knowledge of airframe systems design.


Dr Craig Lawson (Course Director).

Craig has been involved in research and teaching at Cranfield for over fifteen years. He teaches airframe systems design and aircraft performance to full-time and part time MSc students. He also currently supervises over a dozen students in their research projects at MSc and PhD levels. Craig combines his teaching duties with consultancy and research project activities with clients and partners including BAE Systems, MBD, Boeing and Airbus.


20% discount for Cranfield Alumni. 
10% discount when registering 3 or more delegates, from the same organisation at the same time.  

Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme. Please ask about our discount scheme at time of booking.

Accommodation options and prices

We are pleased to offer an exclusive accommodation package at Mitchell Hall. Located on campus, all rooms are en-suite and available on a half-board basis from Sunday to Friday. The cost of this package is £560. If you would like to book this accommodation package* for this short course, please indicate this on the registration form.
*Subject to availability.

Alternatively, you may wish to make your own arrangement at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.