Fundamentals of Aircraft Operations

Lecturer (assistant)
Duration2 SWS
TermWintersemester 2017/18
Language of instructionEnglish



The course covers a multi-disciplinary range of relevant topics in the field of aircraft and air traffic operations with focus on commercial air transport. Starting with a review of the history of civil aviation, the course presents important players, operating processes and procedures, as well as boundary conditions of the air transport system, and additionally portrays the future perspectives of new technologies and their potential impact on aircraft operations. At the end of the course, students are able to understand all important aspects as well as their mutual interaction in the field of aircraft and air traffic operations, and to evaluate them in the context of the development of modern aviation systems.


Fundamentals of Aeronautical Engineering (recommended) Aircraft Design (recommended)


60 minutes written exam, shortly after the last lecture

Recommended literature

Mensen, Heinrich: Handbuch der Luftfahrt, Springer Vieweg, Berlin Heidelberg 2013 Bazargan, Massoud: Airline Operations and Scheduling, Ashgate Publishing Ltd., Hampshire 2004 Clark, Paul: Buying the Big Jets, Ashgate Publishing Ltd., Hampshire 2007 Ashford, Norman: Airport Operations, McGraw Hill Book Co., New York 2013 Mensen, Heinrich: Moderne Flugsicherung, Springer, Berlin Heidelberg 2004