Aerodrome Operations

3.5-day course | Classroom & In-company
4 hour sessions over 5-day course | Virtual
  • Classroom courses in London Gatwick and Singapore
  • 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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Start Date Venue Cost Availability Book
20/11/2023 Online £1,453.00 More than 5 places Book
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Course overview

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, development, operations, safety oversight auditing and regulatory compliance.

Our Singapore courses are delivered in cooperation with the Singapore Aviation Academy. Please visit the SAA website for upcoming dates.

Who should attend?

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

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.

Key topics

This training course will include the following 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
  • Aerodrome Manual
  • Aerodrome physical characteristics
  • Safety surfaces (OLS)
  • 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

Course objectives

By the end of the course delegates will be able to demonstrate understanding of the:

  • 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


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

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).

Delivery Methods: Classroom and Virtual

This course is delivered virtually or face-to-face in classroom at our London Gatwick or Singapore training centres.

Browse the table below to select your preferred date, delivery method and location (classroom only). If you can not find your preferred form of delivery and date, please contact us.

Course type:

  • Web = Virtual online delivery using WebEx video conferencing. We have applied a 5% discount to all our virtual course deliveries. Unless stated otherwise, our virtual courses are streamed live, starting at 09:00 am (UK time).
  • Class = A face-to-face classroom course delivered in the location listed in the “venue” column. In light of COVID-19, please check your eligibility and our COVID-19 measures.
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In-company delivery?

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

Course Type Course Name Start Date End Date Venue Cost Availability Book
Class Aerodrome Operations 03/04/2023 06/04/2023 London Gatwick £1,530.00 Fully booked Book
Web Aerodrome Operations 20/11/2023 24/11/2023 Online £1,453.00 More than 5 places Book

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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