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Unit information: Aircraft Operations in 2015/16

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Unit name Aircraft Operations
Unit code AENG30010
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Bond
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

Infrastructure of the air transport industry; commercial and regulating considerations in aircraft operations; maintenance and reliability issues; contrasts between military and civil operations, and environmental issues.


To introduce students to the infrastructure of the air transport industry, commercial and regulatory considerations in aircraft operations, maintenance and reliability issues, contrasts between military and civil operations and other related topics. The unit will provide a focus for discussion concerning some operational issues arising from other units studied during the Aeronautical Engineering degree course, such as Aeronautics, Design Project, etc.

Intended Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be in a position to:

  • participate constructively in discussions on the fundamental commercial and economic regulatory matters governing international airline operations  including current issues affecting operators (deregulation, alliances, etc.) and manufacturers (large-versus-small aircraft, high-speed airliners, etc.);
  • estimate direct operating costs for commercial aircraft;
  • explain the key concepts for traffic forecasting studies, product planning and fare structuring;
  • identify the fundamental differences between military and civil operations;
  • explain the engineering implications of noise and emissions environmental issues;
  • develop simple MSG-3 maintenance schedules, based on an understanding of failure and of reliability-centred maintenance.
  • explain how air traffic control impinges on aircraft operations
  • explain the key concepts behind NextGen and Open Skies

Teaching Information

24 Lectures

Assessment Information

  • 75% - 2 Hour examination in May/June
  • 25% - Assessed Assignment including a case study for a start up airline

Reading and References

A full reading list is supplied as a separate document. The primary text for a large portion of the unit is:

  • Doganis, R. The Airline Business, 2nd ed., Routledge, 2005
  • Doganis, R. Flying Off Course: The Economics of International Airlines, 4th ed., Taylor & Francis Ltd., 2009.
  • Belobaba, Odoni & Barnhart The Global Airline Industry Wiley-Blackwell 2009

Also recommended:

  • Wells, Alexander T. Air Transportation, A Management Perspective, 4th ed., Wadsworth, Publishing Company, 1999.