NAA Inspector – Flight Operations Inspector Theory

5-day course | Virtual
  • Understand the process of compliance with generic Aviation Regulation rules using EASA
  • Acquire the core skill sets required to perform a generic Flight Operations Inspecting role in the regulatory environment
  • Gain an overview of legislation and Safety Management Systems
  • Designed and developed by practicing Senior Flight Operations Training Inspectors
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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 provides delegates from both the regulatory and operational environments with the core knowledge and competencies required to understand the process of compliance with generic Aviation Regulation rules, using EASA as the leading exemplar in respect of Commercial Air Transport (CAT) Operations.

This course has been designed and developed by practicing Senior Flight Operations Training Inspectors and forms part of a core segment of the standard induction program for newly recruited UK CAA Flight Operations Inspecting Staff.

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 benefit AOC Post Holders and Compliance Auditors within the aviation regulatory environment.

Key topics

This training course will include the following topics:

  • Legislation Overview
  • Part OPS – Structure and Content
  • Overview of Safety Management Systems
  • Flight Data Monitoring
  • Maintenance Management and EASA Part M (Continuing Airworthiness)
  • Navigational Approvals
  • Part SPA – All-Weather operations
  • Part OPS – Mass and Balance
  • Part FTL and Fatigue Risk Management
  • Practical Auditing
  • Part FCL – An overview of the structure, content and its relationship with Part OPS
  • MMEL & MEL Theory
  • AOC certification process and personnel requirements
  • Oversight of AOC holders, including practical exercises
  • Non-Compliant Operators

Course objectives

By the end of the course, delegates will have acquired the core skill sets required to perform a generic Flight Operations Inspecting role in the regulatory environment through a combination of structured lectures, multimedia presentations, and case study examples.

Optional additional workshops and syndicate group activities are available as discretionary add-ons.


Delegates should be reasonably familiar with the general structure of EASA regulations, including Part OPS, Part FCL and other relevant regulatory documentation before the course. A detailed understanding of EASA is not required; the course aims to demonstrate the nomenclature, terminology, linkage and practical application of ICAO compliant regulations in the context of a Flight Operations Inspector function.


Delegates should ideally be experienced holders of professional pilot licences, Operations personnel currently working in the aviation regulatory environment or Flight and Ground Operations AOC Post Holders.

Delivery Methods: Classroom and Virtual

This course can delivered virtually or face-to-face in classroom at our London Gatwick office.

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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Meet our instructors: NAA Inspector – Flight Operations Inspector Theory

Ben Bamber

Ben Bamber

Ben Bamber

Part SPA – Specific Approvals including PBN, MNPS, RVSM, LVO (AWOPS), ETOPS
NAA Inspector - Flight Operations Inspector Theory

Ben started his aviation career in 1971 via an RAF Flying Scholarship and possessed a Pilot’s Licence before he had a Driving Licence. He went on to serve in the Fleet Air Arm as a pilot, and worked for the Bristow Helicopter Group, the British Midland Airways Group and the British Airways Group in various flying, training and management roles.

Ben joined the UK CAA in 2003 as a Flight Operations Training Inspector and worked as the Lead Inspector with a number of the UK’s major Airlines and AOCs, including Britannia / Thomson Airways where he was responsible for the introduction of the Boeing 787 into Airline Service, and onto the UK Register. In 2016, Ben moved into the UK CAA International Group, where he has worked with such other National Authorities as Kuwait, Mongolia, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Ireland, Seychelles and others, as well as delivering training for diverse and different bodies, ranging from EASA to the Department of Forests Fire-Fighting Flight Unit.

Ben continues to play a role within the EASA and UK requalification of Full Flight Training Devices on a world-wide basis; and also with the examination of Type Rating Examiners and Instructors, as well as Senior Examiners within the EASA context. He maintains ongoing professional qualifications as a Senior Examiner, Type Rating Examiner and Type Rating Instructor on the Boeing 777/787 as well as continuing as an EASA & National Authority Training Inspector.

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