This module can be taken as an Accredited Short Course or a Standalone Short Course.

Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

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

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost

    Accredited Short Course fee - £1,300 

    Standalone Short Course fee - £1,750

    Concessions available

Course structure

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

What you will learn

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Understand the development of military airworthiness and its links to civilian airworthiness,
  • Appreciate the key difference between the two approaches and the reasons.
  • Understand the communication 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.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

When taken as an Accredited Short Course, 10 credit points can be put towards the Military Aerospace and Airworthiness MSc.

Find out more about short course credit points.

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.


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.

How to apply

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

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