A short-course for anyone with responsibility and interest in continuing airworthiness and maintenance - essential to both Civil and Defence aerospace.  

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The aims of the course are to enable delegates and organisations to reduce costs, optimise performance and meet the requirements for continuing airworthiness management.  The course describes and explains a wide variety of topics of interest to Original Equipment Manufacturers, Regulatory Bodies and Maintenance Repair & Overhaul companies.

The course includes the basic principles of aircraft maintenance philosophies, maintenance management and describes the process to improve supply-chain management.   As far back as 1963 Ken Wilkinson argued that many engineering degrees are biased in favour of the design and manufacturing disciplines – however there is a large gap within the airline industry, where skills in “Maintenance Engineering” are needed.  The latter should include the theory of reliability and maintenance, techniques for condition monitoring, economics of maintenance and human factors. 

At a glance

  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield Campus
  • Cost£1,650 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 over 5 days, from Monday to Friday, and is mostly in the form of lectures. Group work and tutorials are also used for a short maintenance planning exercise. Industry speakers are also scheduled, representing Lufthansa Technik, Airbus, CFM International and Giode Ltd. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

What you will learn

At the end of the course, you should be able to:
  • Describe the principles of reliability as applied in maintenance 
  • Critically appraise the different philosophies for aircraft maintenance 
  • Outline a maintenance management programme, including the control of operational standards, supply chain and cost issues 
  • Develop a process for achieving continuing airworthiness management with the appropriate regulatory approval.

Core content

Reliability and Maintenance Processes

  • Reliability Centred Maintenance.  The process of analysing design, performance and failures of equipment in order to determine the maintenance requirements.
  • Introduction to MSG 3 and Maintenance Review Board (MRB) processes.
  • Maintenance Programme Development 

Continuing Airworthiness Management

  • Regulatory aspects (EASA Part M) with regard to Continuing Airworthiness Management. 
  • Aircraft integrity management by means of on-line systems e.g. health and usage monitoring, engine condition monitoring etc. 

Maintenance Management

  • Outsourcing versus In-House Maintenance, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, application of “Lean principles” to Maintenance operations
  • Human Factors in Aircraft Maintenance
  • Relationship between Manufacturer, Operator and Maintenance organisation, including management of Airworthiness Directives and Service Bulletins.


A typical timetable for this course is available to give you an idea of how this course is structured. Please note that this is not the actual timetable for the upcoming course and is subject to change.

Download the Air Transport Engineering - Maintenance Operations course timetable.

Who should attend

The course is aimed at technical/commercial staff in the aerospace industry. Typical delegates who would benefit from this course include aviation engineers and managers with responsibility for aircraft maintenance and modification programmes. Staff from regulatory authorities, aerospace manufacturers and suppliers would also benefit.


This short course is a module within the MSc in Airworthiness which is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society and Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


Cengiz Turkoglu

Cengiz started his career as an aircraft maintenance engineer and worked in different airlines and maintenance organisations both in Turkey and in the UK. Holding aircraft maintenance licenses, he has worked as a certifying engineer and a Quality Auditor / Engineer for SR Technics UK Limited (Formerly FLS Aerospace UK Ltd).  From 2008 to 2015, Cengiz worked at City University London and as a part time IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) auditor. 

He currently holds BEng (Hons) Degree in Aircraft Engineering from Kingston University and MSc Air Transport Management from City University London. He is a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Chartered Quality Professional. He has been chairing the Technical Committee of the International Federation of Airworthiness (IFA) since 2011. He also represents IFA in the European Commercial Aviation Safety Team (ECAST). He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Cranfield Safety & Accident Investigation Centre and specialises in aircraft maintenance management and airworthiness.

Shane Targett MSc FCiLT

Shane Targett is a permanent lecturer in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management at Cranfield University and regularly presents at the UK Defence Academy.  He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the academic member of their Supply Chain Forum.  He has also served on the expert panel advising the UK National Audit Office on inventory planning and management. 

Shane pioneered inventory optimisation in the UK MoD in 1993 and in 1995 he graduated from Exeter University with an MSc in Logistics Engineering.  He now consults worldwide for a huge variety of organisations (Land, Sea and Air) military and civil, using mathematical models to optimise support resources.  He co-founded GIODE Ltd in 2002 and since 2006, has focused on his research on inventory optimisation.


Group Discount: Where more than three delegates are booking from within one site or one organisation, a discount for the course is offered. Please ask about discount scheme at time of booking. Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme.

Accommodation options and prices

Accommodation is available at Mitchell Hall which is located on campus. All rooms are en-suite and bookings are on a half-board basis from Sunday to Friday. If you would like to book accommodation for this short course at Mitchell Hall, please indicate this on the registration form and we will arrange this for you.

Alternatively, you may wish to make your own arrangements 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. 

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Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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