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IATA - ENAC Advanced Master in Airline Operations

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IATA and the Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC) have partnered to offer a degree program for airline operations professionals. The Advanced Master in Airline Operations combines operational expertise and comprehensive academic rigor.

What will you learn

Participants will be awarded an IATA-ENAC degree upon successful completion of the following courses:

Improving safety

Module 1: Airline Business Foundations
This introductory course explains the framework of the aviation industry in a global context and sets the scene for the following modules of the program. Gain insight into how the airline industry has responded to an ever changing economic and geopolitical landscape and use this information to promote business development at your workplace.

Module 2: Safety Management Systems (SMS)
Guidelines to align your operations with ICAO annex 19 SMS provisions and comply with industry requirements for personnel licensing, operation of aircraft and more. The systematic SMS approach ensures both safer operations and improved overall efficiency by managing organizational structure, staff accountabilities, policies and procedures. Developed in accordance with ICAO principles, this course helps you fulfill SMS requirements and establish a functional SMS within your operations.

Module 3: Human Factors in Aviation
Gain an overview of human factors in aviation and key reference documents and methodology. Manage the consequences and organizational impact of human factors for all aviation roles: pilots, flight crews, air traffic controllers, CAA, airport and aircraft maintenance staff, aircraft manufacturers and meteorologists.

Module 4: Emergency Response Planning (ERP), Crisis Communication, and Media Management
Learn how to define and run an ERP within an airline. Review regulatory requirements and define an organization of an ERP (roles, responsibilities, procedures). Identify areas for improvement in an emergency response situation. Recognize media pressure points to present information that protect corporate image.

Improving operational efficiency

Module 5: Flight Principles and Atmospheric Environment
Learn to analyze weather information and evaluate its impact on aircraft operations and flight preparation. Understand aerodynamic features of an aircraft and evaluate impact of high lift devices on airspeed.

Module 6: Airlines Flight Operations and Optimization
Conduct safe and optimized aircraft operations. Optimize flights through fuel transportation or alternate scenarios. Review main regulations and learn how to use an operations manual.

Module 7: Aviation Fuel Management and Carbon Trading for Aviation
Analyze your fuel and carbon budget and propose solutions to improve your cost management structure. Analyze hedging solutions to reduce fuel cost. Analyze carbon market dynamics, strategies and pricing.

Module 8: IT Tools for Airlines
This course will provide you with tools to evaluate an application map depending on airline objectives with a focus on operations. Learn how to determine efficient interfaces between information systems. Analyze IT tools in relationship with the airline objectives (flight planning system, crewing system, aircraft performance, etc.).

Improving general awareness to better manage operations

Module 9: Aircraft Airworthiness and Air Carrier Certification
Gain knowledge and skills to manage aircraft certification and continuing airworthiness as per the current ICAO Annexes, regulations, and FAA, JAA, EASA requirements. Evaluate flight safety documents and compliance of manuals, logs, and records.

Module 10: Aircraft Turnaround Coordination and Load Supervision
Lead your ramp team to the consistent servicing and turnaround of multiple aircraft types. Learn the essential technical procedures for aircraft handling and loading to optimize the use of ground service equipment and manpower. This course also provides steps for building a safety culture and ensuring consistent on-time performance (OTP).

Module 11; Aircraft Maintenance
Understand the workings and implications of a maintenance organization. Review a Maintenance Review Board (MRB) process. Analyze MSG-3 with the definition of the categories and the economic approach. Review Operator Maintenance Program (OMP) and Operator Exposition Manual (OEM).

Module 12: Training (Crew and MRO –Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul)
Evaluate processes and infrastructures for the training of pilots, flight attendants, and mechanics. Describe the sequence for pilot training from ab initio to type rating, typical pilot training organization, infrastructure, tools, and program. Evaluate current and future trends, such as mobile learning, blended learning, etc.

Who should attend

This program is recommended for:

  • Flight operations managers
  • Ground operations managers
  • Airline local representatives
  • Pilots

Additional information

The program will take place at the following locations:

  • ENAC Campus
    • Toulouse, France
  • IATA Training Centers in Europe:
    • Geneva, Switzerland
    • Frankfurt, Germany
    • Amsterdam, Netherlands

Courses will be jointly conducted by IATA instructors and university professors. Participants meet twelve times according to the university’s academic calendar.

The Advanced Master in Airline Operations program is scheduled once a year. The total cost for the program is USD 22,000.


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