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Aviation – Part 21 Design Technician (Special Purpose Award, Level 7)


Part 21 Design Technician is a new Level 7 Special Purpose Award programme aimed at Aircraft Maintenance personnel or those with a background in Aeronautical Engineering and offers them a career path into the area of Initial Airworthiness as an Aircraft Design Engineer.  It also offers more experienced personnel a deeper insight into Initial Airworthiness, in particular, the classification and approval of modifications and repairs.



On successful completion of this course, participants will have a fundamental knowledge of Initial Airworthiness legislation and how it impacts aircraft design and design changes. It will introduce the learner to the theory and practice of Initial Airworthiness and provide them with an opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of the development process for major and minor aircraft modification and repairs.



Entry Requirements

Individuals with an aircraft maintenance qualification, aviation qualification at Level 6 or above or with extensive experience in the aircraft maintenance industry.



Content – Indicative

  • Legislation of Part 21 Design.
  • TCDS Type Certificate Data Sheet.
  • Certification Specifications/Airworthiness codes.
  • Design Organisation and Means of Compliance.
  • Instructions for Continued Airworthiness.
  • Supplemental Type Certificates and Modifications.
  • Flammability and Flammability Testing Part 1.
  • Flammability and Flammability Testing Part 2.
  • Painting, Weight and Balance, Flight Control Balance.
  • Development of a minor modification/repair and presentation of the package to an authority for approval.



The module will be assessed through 100% continuous assessment. Students will complete ten written assignment /case study/report as per the ten sections set out in the indicative syllabus.

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