Certificate in Aviation

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Duration:  Course starts 23rd February 2016

10 weeks, 4 hours per week, plus field trips.
Tuesdays from 6.00pm to 10.00pm.

Cost: €495pp

Subsidised cost: €395pp

Call the LIT Flexible Learning Office on +353 (0)61 293802

Programme Overview

The programme covers nine topics from an aerodynamic, engineering, and operations perspective. Students will gain an insight into each aspect. Topics are delivered by industry professionals and instructors, providing the student with first hand information and an overview of the broad picture.

Programme Objectives

The aim of this programme is to provide an introduction to the topic of Aviation. On successful completion of the programme, students will have an appreciation of some of the essential aspects of flight and aircraft. They will be capable of explaining the physical laws that govern flight, some of the engineering utilised to achieve it and the practical application of how aircraft are flown, controlled and separated.

The programme aims to give students an understanding of the various pathways and career opportunities available.

Target Audience

Participants currently work within the aviation industry in an Aircraft Leasing, Legal, Financial, Records or Marketing role without formal training in aviation, a clear understanding of the fundamentals and associated terminology will improve your knowledge and confidence, particularly when interacting with technical teams and clients.


Applicants must satisfy a minimum entry requirement of Grade D3 or higher at Ordinary Level in five Leaving Certificate Subjects, or equivalent. Two of these subjects must include Mathematics and a Language (Irish or English).

Programme Content

Topics include basic Aerodynamics, Theory of Flight and Aircraft Control, Aircraft Structures, Composites and Instrumentation. The course looks at Air Traffic Control, Weather and the Human Factor involved in aviation.


Week 1: Basic Aerodynamics

Week 2: Aircraft Instruments – Flight Engine & Navigation Instruments

Week 3: Introduction to Aircraft Engines, Piston and Jet

Week 4: Aircraft Structures

Week 5: Aircraft Composite Technology

Week 6: Aviation Meteorology

Week 7: Human Factors Decision Making and Physiology in Flight

Week 8: Understanding the Air Traffic Control System

Week 9: Aircraft Control Theory

Week 10: Simulated Flight Lesson


During the 10 weeks we include 2 x Field Trips to Aviation Facilities in Shannon

Trainer Profile Qualification & Relevant Experience

Trainers are industry experts who have vast experience of the aviation industry and relevant engineering, aerodynamic and operations aspects.  The programme is validated by Limerick Institute of Technology as a Special Purpose Award and carries 10 ECTS.