Aerodrome Operations – Virtual Training

Aerodrome Operations – Virtual Training

4-hour sessions over 5 day course | Virtual Training
  • Virtual training delivery during COVID-19
  • 5% discount applied (normaly £1530)
  • 10% off when you book two courses
  • Explore the safety practices and the complexities of aerodrome operations
  • Discuss the safety concerns in aerodrome operations
  • Learn about the fundamental principles in aerodrome safety management
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Course overview

Virtual Training during COVID-19

Given these unprecedented times, we are unable to run our in-person classroom courses. As part of our commitment to supporting your learning and development in a COVID-19 environment, we are pleased to inform you that this course will now be delivered virtually using WebEx video conferencing by Cisco. This means you will still get the same level of expert, award-winning training that you expect from CAAi, but from the safety and convenience of your remote working location.

The course will be streamed live, starting at 09:00 am (UK time). Please see below for other time zones.

  • London: 09:00
  • Kuwait City: 11:00
  • Bangkok: 15:00
  • Singapore: 16:00
  • Canberra: 18:00

We have introduced 10% discount on your final invoice, if you book any two or more of our September or October virtual courses.

What is Aerodrome Operations?

Aerodrome operations cover aircraft and vehicles operating airside on the airport.

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, design, 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, safety management systems, maintenance, rescue & fire fighting services and those concerned in the process of ICAO Annex 14 and Aerodrome Certification/licensing

Key topics

This training course will include the following topics:

  • Regulatory framework (ICAO, EASA and UK CAA)
  • Aerodrome certification (EASA and National)
  • Safety Management Systems
  • Aerodrome Manual
  • Aerodrome physical characteristics
  • Signs and markings
  • Safety surfaces (OLS)
  • Aeronautical ground lighting
  • Runway friction regulatory requirements and operational aspects
  • Aerodrome wildlife hazard management
  • Change approvals and management of the safety of aerodrome works in progress
  • Low visibility procedures
  • Runway incursion/excursion
  • Rescue and fire fighting services
  • Emergency planning

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
  • Key principles fundamental to the safe running and management of an aerodrome, including Safety Management Systems
  • Aerodrome operations including physical characteristics, runway incursions, low visibility procedures and wildlife hazard management


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

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
  • ICAO Document 9859 – Safety Management Manual
  • EASA Aerodrome Rules (Authority and Operator requirements)

Further reading

EASA Regulations relating to Aerodromes
UK Aerodromes that fall within the scope of EASA will be subject to regulations set by EU/EASA. Open to public use and which serve commercial air transport and where operations using instrument approach or departure procedures are provided.

ICAO Annex Booket
(See page 25-26 for Annex 14 – Aerodromes).

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We can also tailor this training courses to suit an organisation’s individual training requirements. These bespoke training packages can be delivered in the UK or at a client’s international location. Contact us for more information.

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Aerodrome Operations Instructors

Aerodrome Operations Instructors

Graeme Ritchie

Aerodrome Operations Instructors

David MacMillan

Graeme Ritchie

Aerodrome Certification
Aerodrome Operations

Graeme is an Aerodrome Inspector at the UK CAA, where he is responsible for the oversight of UK licensed aerodromes, covering aerodrome operations requirements. Following 14 years in industry in various airside operations management roles, he joined the UK CAA in 1999 as an Aerodrome Inspector. He moved into a policy role in 2007 developing requirements for UK aerodromes, becoming increasingly involved with the development of European requirements. Throughout this period, he was the UK representative on the ICAO Aerodrome Design Working Group. Additionally, he was one of the UK team on the rulemaking groups responsible for drafting EASA rules for aerodromes. He was head of the aerodrome function in the UK CAA between 2014 and late November 2016; his role was to lead and direct the team that provides the safety oversight of EASA certified and UK licensed aerodromes and heliports in the UK. He led the project to implement the EASA aerodromes rules in the UK and also led the aerodromes team through the introduction of the UK CAA Performance-Based Regulation (PBR) programme.

David MacMillan

Aerodrome Certification
Aerodrome Operations

David has nearly 50 years’ experience in the aviation industry. He has been with the UK CAA since 2010 as an aerodrome inspector auditing aerodromes, both in the UK and overseas. Prior to joining the UK CAA, David had been working in various airside operations roles, including senior management level at the UK four busiest airports. He also has seven years of experience working in the Air Traffic Control in control centres and aerodromes. David held Air Traffic Controller’s licence and Private Pilot’s licence. David is bringing extensive experience, on the operation of aerodromes and Air Traffic Control combined with the role of aerodrome inspector for the UK CAA, enhancing each training for practical aspect and enabling a better understanding of the topics.

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