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Aerodromes for Aircraft Operators Training Course


Holders of an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) for commercial air transport with aeroplanes are required to use «adequate aerodromes».

In order to determine if an aerodrome is adequate, it is necessary to have in place a process for assessment of aerodromes.

This course is designed to provide operators with the necessary knowledge about aerodromes to facilitate an informed assessment process, hereunder how to deal with facilities and issues which are nominally difficult.

It should be relevant for both flight operation and ground operation staff involved with the operator’s assessment process.

The course will start with a description of the Total Aviation System, and how aerodromes and operators fit into it, and will discuss the key question: What is an “adequate aerodrome” in practical terms.

The course will introduce the participants to the relationship between the code system used to describe aerodrome physical characteristics and aeroplane dimensions and properties. By understanding these issues and the purpose of the different aspects of aerodrome infrastructure, it will also be possible to assess how one can deal with situations where not everything is perfect, even if the aerodrome is certificated.

It will also give an overview of aerodrome visual aids, a key issue, particularly with respect to Low Visibility Operation. The requirements applicable to both aerodromes and operators will be covered.

Rescue and Firefighting services, Wildlife and FOD management, winter and Low Visibility Operations will also be reviewed.

Finally, where to find and how to judge relevant information is covered through examples, and another key question is addressed:

What if the aerodrome has problem areas in relation to the desired operation?

What can the operator do to identify the issues and, possibly, mitigate risks by imposing operational limitation, special crew qualification requirements etc?

How to cooperate with the aerodrome and the CAA(s) in such matters?

Course Content

  • The Total Aviation System, and how operators, aerodromes and other important entities, for example handling agents fit into it.
  • What is an adequate aerodrome? Regulatory, safety and efficiency aspects.
  • Aerodrome physical characteristics; how the code system used to describe aerodrome physical characteristics relates to aeroplane dimensions and properties. The purpose behind some important safety features like shoulders, strips, runway end safety areas and separation distance requirements. The possibility to use nominally undersized facilities.
  • Aerodrome visual aids; what is is, the purpose and design, the aerodrome requirements and the operators’ needs.
  • Aerodrome operations and services, hereunder Rescue and firefighting services, wildlife and FOD management. How to assess from an operator’s view.
  • Winter and low Visibility operation. Both the aerodrome and the operators’ perspective is discussed.
  • Where to find and how to assess vital information? Practical examples using AIP and Aerodrome certificates.
  • Challenging and imperfect aerodromes. How the operator can deal with these.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this 2-day course attendees should have an increased understanding of the term “adequate aerodrome” as it applies to own operations through:

  • An understanding of relationship between aeroplane and aerodrome physical characteristics.
  • An understanding of the purpose behind the requirements for some key aspects of aerodrome physical characteristics.
  • Knowledge about and an understanding of aerodrome visual aids and how it impacts own operation
  • An understanding of key some key aspects of aerodrome operations and services, and how these affect own operation.
  • An understanding of where to find and how to assess key points of aerodrome information.
  • A basic understanding of how to deal with the imperfect aerodrome. What the operator can do to mitigate risks to an acceptable level.

Who should take this course

Anyone who is involved with assessment/authorisation of aerodromes for a Commercial Air Transport Operator.

This should involve both ground- and flight- operations staff.


Basic familiarity with either EASA Part OPS or EASA Part ADR.

Some experience from an operator’s ground- or flight operation department would be useful.


Two days, starting at 09:00 and ending approximately 17:00 on the last day.