Flight Operations Inspector Theory

10-day course | Classroom & In-company Delivery
  • Classroom course in London Gatwick
  • EASA accredited course delivered by active UK CAA inspectors
  • Learn practical Flight Operations inspector skills
  • Theoretical and hands-on training through use of lectures, workshops and practical exercises
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Start Date Venue Cost Availability Book
09/10/2023 London Gatwick £4,500.00 More than 5 places Book
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Course overview

What is flight operations?

Flight Operations is the management of aircraft operations and can be divided into four main areas:  Commercial Air Transport (CAT); Non Commercial Operations with Complex Motor-Powered Aircraft (NCC); Non Commercial Operations with other than Complex Motor-Powered Aircraft (NCO); and Specialised Operations (SPO) such as aerial survey or towing.

Course Overview

This course focuses on the processes for ensuring and assessing compliance with UK and European Community rules on Commercial Air Transport (CAT) operations.

Designed and developed by practising Senior Flight Operations Inspectors, it is aimed at people working within both a regulatory and operational environment. This course forms a core part of the standard induction program for newly recruited UK CAA Flight Operations Inspecting Staff.

The course will equip you with the core knowledge and competencies to work towards and assess compliance with the applicable regulations.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for Inspecting staff within flight and ground operations, both in regulatory and industry positions.

The course may also be beneficial to AOC Nominated Persons, Safety Managers and Compliance Auditors within the aviation regulatory environment.

Key topics

This training course will include the following topics:

  • ICAO Legislation Overview
  • Part OPS – Structure and Content
  • The Aircrew Regulation – An overview of the structure and content, and its relationship with Part OPS (Overview of Safety Management Systems)
  • Human Factors for Inspectors
  • Flight Data Monitoring
  • Maintenance Management and EASA Part CAMO
  • Electronic Flight Bags
  • Aircraft Leasing – requirements for NAAs and operators
  • Aircraft Loading – mass and balance considerations
  • Part FTL and Fatigue Risk Management
  • Practical Auditing
  • MMEL & MEL Theory & Practical Workshop
  • AOC certification process and personnel requirements
  • Oversight of AOC holders including practical exercises
  • Non-Compliant Operators

Course objectives

By the end of the course, through a combination of structured lectures, multimedia presentations, case study discussions, workshops and syndicate group activities, delegates will have acquired the core skill sets required to perform a flight operations inspecting role in the regulatory environment (being UK- or internationally-based).


Delegates should be familiar with the general structure of EASA regulations including Part OPS, Part FCL and other relevant regulatory documentation prior to the course.


Delegates should ideally be experienced holders of professional pilot licences, operations personnel currently working in the aviation regulatory environment or management staff within an AOC organisation.

Delivery Methods: Classroom

This course can be delivered face-to-face in classroom at our London Gatwick training centre.

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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 in the UK or at a client’s international location. Contact us for more information.

Course Type Course Name Start Date End Date Venue Cost Availability Book
Class Flight Operations Inspector Theory 09/10/2023 20/10/2023 London Gatwick £4,500.00 More than 5 places Book
Class Flight Operations Inspector Theory 26/02/2024 08/03/2024 London Gatwick £4,500.00 More than 5 places Book

Flight Operations Inspector Theory Instructors

Flight Operations Inspector Theory Instructors

Russell Woodland

Russell Woodland

Flight Operations Inspector Theory

Russell has been working with helicopters and fixed-wing aircrafts in the aviation industry for 37 years. He has been operating short-haul and long-haul commercial aircrafts and has extensive experience in airline management. Since 2013 Russell has been working as a Flight Operations Inspector (FOI) for the UK CAA. He is currently working as Standards Lead within the UK CAA’s Flight Operations Department and is responsible for the initial and recurring training of all FOIs including standardisation checks. Russel was part of the team that wrote the EASA accredited CAAi Flight Operations Inspector Theory course. He has also assisted national authorities overseas with FOI training and oversight assistance. Russel is a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Training Inspector for the UK CAA.

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