This course will discuss the legal basis that underpins airworthiness regulation in aircraft design, production, operation and maintenance of military aircraft. Read more Read less

It will communicate the importance of airworthiness requirements for the design, production, operation and maintenance of military platforms and systems. Additionally, it will interpret the principles of airworthiness as applied to the process for certification of military platforms and systems.

It will discuss and examine the process for continuing airworthiness management for different types of military platforms and systems.

It will provide an understanding of Ministry of Defence airworthiness organisations, policies and procedures, their evolution and current format. Furthermore, it will explain the application of airworthiness to structural integrity, gas turbine engines, and human factors.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,750 Concessions available

Course structure

A five-day course that is run three times a year. The course comprises of lectures and group exercises and is supported by visiting lectures in the field of military airworthiness.

What you will learn

Completion of this course will provide:

  • an understanding of the development of military airworthiness and its links to civilian airworthiness
  • an appreciation the key difference between the two approaches and the reasons
  • communication and understanding between the military and industry on the requirements and regulations for airworthiness.

Core content

  • Aviation safety, airworthiness and flight safety
  • Air law and regulations
  • Safety management systems
  • Safety case and independent assessment
  • Competence in design and maintenance approval
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Continuing airworthiness.


This course runs three times a year.

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Who should attend

This course is suitable for those requiring an understanding of military airworthiness.  It is suitable for military and civilian personnel from within the defence industry, both the UK and internationally.  It would be highly relevant MOD CAMOs and MAA personnel and aircraft designers and aviation industries involved with the MOD.


Royal Aeronautical Society


  • Miss Laura Lacey
  • Dr Simon Place
  • Dr A J Saddington
  • Professor John Bristow


A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available.

Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

For further location and travel details.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.