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Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) & Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) In Commercial Aviation

Cranfield University
School of Engineering
Contact Provider
4 day course
Short Course
Subject matters and speakers ensure the course's relevance to novice and expert alike.
Cranfield University, College Road, Cranfield, MK43 0AL, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

Course overview

This course will provide delegates with an advanced appreciation of the technical, operational, management and legal issues surrounding a flight data monitoring (FDM) programme, also referred to as flight operational quality assurance (FOQA). FDM / FOQA has already been practised by a number of airlines for many years and under new ICAO regulations became mandatory for most operators of large aircraft early in 2005.

Course description

In the past there was little opportunity for those running FDM / FOQA programmes to receive appropriate training in order to make them most effective. In an attempt to correct this position Cranfield University, in association with the UK's Civil Aviation Authority, has brought together experts in their respective fields for an intense 3½ day course. To date, applications have exceeded available places. This course builds on past success to offer delegates even more in their appropriate field, so early registration is essential.

Who should attend

Subject matters and speakers ensure the course's relevance to novice and expert alike. Intended participants include FDM / FOQA analysts and operators, flight safety officers, aircrew representatives and honest brokers, regulatory auditors, FDM / FOQA system suppliers and aircraft manufacturers, accident investigators. Delegates have come from a wide variety of passenger and freight airline operators from Europe, North and South America, Africa, Middle East, Far East and Australasia. Delegates have also come from international helicopter operators, research organisations, aircraft manufacturers, military organisations  and regulatory authorities, in all from over 50 countries.

Content Summary
  • The history of FDM and an overview of its objectives
  • CAP739, JAR and ICAO regulatory frameworks
  • Integration of FDM within a safety system
  • FDM technology
  • Setting analysis targets
  • Data recovery and analysis tools
  • Principles of data validation and assessment
  • Trace interpretation, with both theoretical and practical sessions
  • Database management
  • The use of statistics in data analysis
  • Animations and visualisation in data presentation
  • FDM in accident and incident investigation
  • The interface between the analyst and crews
  • Legal aspects of FDM data collection, retention and use
  • The use of FDM to justify operational and technical change
  • The potential of FDM within maintenance programmes.

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