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Aircraft Maintenance for Pilots (Classroom, 5 days)

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Airline pilots are expected to report technical aircraft problems to maintenance engineers - and the ability to communicate these problems accurately can result in safer flights, efficiency in operations and fewer costly delays.

This course will show you how to better identify issues with an aircraft’s systems and components. You will also review the maintenance tasks you can perform under special permission as a pilot and learn how to identify human factor issues in maintenance tasks.

Available at IATA Training Centers or at your company
Duration: 5 days (40 hours)
Requirements: None

Next class

There are currently no scheduled classes. Check back later for updates or contact us to arrange a class in your company.

What you will learn

  • Describe basic licensing requirements for aircraft maintenance engineers, technicians and mechanics
  • Identify the components of maintenance operations and the types of maintance
  • Understand the importance of transit checks, incuding the walkaround inspection and servicing of an aircraft
  • Know which maintenance tasks you can carry out as a pilot
  • Use the aircraft technical log to enter faults encountered during flight and provide information on the condition of a system post rectification
  • Describe the importance of the Minimum equipment list (MEL) in determining if an aircraft can be released for service
  • Recognize human factors issues in aircraft maintenance

Course content

Airworthy definition and airworthiness requirements

Maintenance engineer - certifying staff

Maintenance work

  • Line and base maintenance
  • Planned, scheduled maintenance
  • Staggering
  • Unplanned, unscheduled maintenance
  • Aircraft on ground (AOG)
  • Types of maintenance checks
  • Extended range twin operations (ETOPS) check, release
  • Fuel tank safety
  • Electrical wiring interconnection system (EWIS)
  • Aircraft servicing


  • Certificate of airworthiness
  • Releasing aircraft to service

Maintenance supporting documents

Human factors in aircraft maintenance

  • Shift work
  • Pilot/engineer communication
  • The engineer’s working environment

Activities: Exercises and final exam

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Who should attend

  • Airline pilots

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the course and final examination.

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