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Aerodrome Operations

Course Provider
CAA International
29 June 2012
Gatwick, West Sussex
Training Area
Air Safety
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Course Overview

This five day CAA International course benefits from being delivered by the UK CAA’s experts in this field.  It is intended to provide participants with a safety insight into the complexities of aerodrome operations and will discuss key processes, procedures and issues related to aerodrome development, operations, certification, auditing and compliance.

Participants will benefit from a practical site visit to a UK aerodrome.

Who Should Attend  

This course is aimed at recently employed or prospective individuals working within the aerodrome industry or for a National Aviation Authority/Government Department.

Their roles may involve management, inspection, ground operations, safety (systems, environment, advisers, quality management and analysts), maintenance, rescue & fire fighting services and those concerned with the process of ICAO Annex 14 certification.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course delegates will gain an appreciation of:

  • The roles and responsibilities of the UK CAA and other stakeholders, such as ICAO and EASA, and the UK CAA's aerodrome certification, inspecting and auditing principles
  • Some of the key principles that are fundamental to the safe runnning and management of an aerodrome, such as Safety Management Systems
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the major safety concerns in aerodrome operations including physical characteristics, runway incursions and wildlife risk management
  • Be familiar with the role of ICAO, and the relationship between Annex 14 Vol. I and CAP 168
  • Apply their learning experience during a visit to a UK aerodrome

Key Topics

The course will include the following topics:

  • Global overview (ICAO, EASA and DfT)
  • Development of aerodrome policy and strategy
  • Aerodrome compliance auditing and inspections
  • Safety Management Systems and the Accountable Manager
  • Aerodrome manual
  • Aerodrome physical characteristics
  • Safety surfaces
  • Aeronautical ground lighting
  • Runway friction surfaces theory
  • Aerodrome wildlife risk management
  • Low visibility procedures
  • Runway incursion
  • Rescue and fire fighting services
  • Emergency planning
  • Mandatory occurrence reporting


This course will consist of a mixture of presentations on key subjects delivered by experts who are mainly from the UK CAA's Aerodrome Standards Department.  Hosted interactive discussions are actively encouraged to aid learning and development. The course content focuses on UK best practice published in CAP 168, which is based on ICAO Annex 14.


Participants will be provided with copies of course presentations. Additionally there will be a comprehensive library of reference material available for the duration of the course.


5 days (non-residential)

Pre-course preparation

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

  • ICAO Annex 14 Volume 1 - Aerodrome Design and Operations
  • ICAO Document 9774 - Manual for the Certification of Aerodromes
  • CAP 168 - Licensing of Aerodromes
  • ICAO Document 9859 - Safety Management Manual


Delegates should have a working knowledge of aerodrome technical terms to participate in interactive discussions.  Non-UK delegates should be fluent in spoken and written English language

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