Aerodrome Operations

3½ day course

Course Specialisation: Airports, Air Traffic & Airspace

Course Overview

This course provides delegates with an insight into safety practices and the complexities of Aerodrome Operations. Through interactive discussion delegates will learn about key processes, procedures and issues relating to aerodrome certification, development, operations, safety oversight auditing and regulatory compliance.

Who Should Attend

This course is aimed at new or prospective employees working within the aerodrome industry or for a Government Department / EASA or National Aviation Authority Airport. Tangible benefits have been identified by individuals involved in management, inspection, ground operations, safety (systems, environment, advisers, quality management, and analysts), maintenance, rescue & fire fighting services and those concerned in the process of ICAO Annex 14 and Aerodrome Certification.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course delegates will demonstrate understanding of the following through presentations, interactive discussions and practical application

  • Roles and responsibilities of the UK CAA and other stakeholders
  • Certification, inspecting and auditing principles, EASA / NAA Certification Standards i.e. Certification Basis and Operating Basis forms.
  • Key principles fundamental to the safe running and management of an aerodrome, including Safety Management Systems
  • Safety concerns in aerodrome operations including physical characteristics, runway incursions, low visibility procedures and wildlife risk management

Key Topics

  • Global overview (ICAO, EASA and Department for Transport)
  • Development of aerodrome policy, standards and strategy
  • Aerodrome compliance auditing and inspections
  • Safety Management Systems and the Accountable Manager (Phase 2 and future)
  • Aerodrome Manual
  • Aerodrome physical characteristics (EASA Special Conditions.)
  • Safety surfaces (OLS)
  • Aeronautical ground lighting
  • Runway friction surfaces theory
  • Aerodrome wildlife risk management
  • Low visibility procedures
  • Runway incursion/excursion
  • Rescue and fire fighting services
  • Emergency planning
  • Mandatory occurrence reporting


It would be beneficial for delegates to have an awareness and appreciation of the following publications prior to the course:

  • ICAO Annex 14 Volume 1 – Aerodrome Design and Operations
  • ICAO Document 9774 – Manual for the Certification of Aerodromes
  • CAP 168 – Licensing of Aerodromes
  • (Add CAP1168 for EASA Transitioned airports.)
  • ICAO Document 9859 – Safety Management Manual
  • EASA Aerodrome Rules (Authority and Operator requirements)


Delegates should have a working knowledge of aerodrome technical terms to enable participation in interactive discussions.

Further Courses to Consider

  • Aerodrome Accountable Manager
  • Basic Safety Management Systems
  • Advanced Safety Management – Evaluating for Effectiveness
  • Risk Monitoring & Safety Performance