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Aircraft Maintenance Planning – A Practical Hands-On Approach


6-Week Online Course Facilitated by Peter Cooper, Senior Aviation Consultant

Covering the regulatory Requirements from EASA and FAA, this online learning course will introduce you to most of the planning considerations based on the facilitator’s experience and will help you and your organization achieve excellence in maintenance planning.

This instructor-led online course is developed and facilitated by Peter Cooper, Senior Aviation Consultant. The asynchronous delivery approach will help you attend the course from anywhere, anytime. The course features several learning activities and you will have to complete them in sequential order and progress toward completion. All participants successfully completing this program will get a certificate of completion.

Course Outline

Week 1: Introduction to Planning

  • Evolution of Maintenance Planning
  • AMP Regulations – EASA M.A. 302 and FAA Sec. 125.247
  • Definitions and Extracts
  • Qualifications & experience
  • Training

Week 2: Owner/Operator Planning

  • Responsibility for maintenance
  • Forecast planning
    • Long range
    • Medium range
    • Short range
  • Technical records
  • Bridging checks
  • Summary

Week 3: Hands-On Exercises

Exercise 1 – Schedules Engineer
Exercise 2 – Forecast Planning

Week 4: Hands-On Exercises

Exercise 3 – Last Done Next Due
Exercise 4 – EoL LDND

Week 5: Presentation 3 – MRO Planning

  • Pre planning
  • Estimate
  • Pre input
  • Task cards
  • Identifying materials
  • Identifying tools & equipment
  • Manpower planning
  • During the check
  • After the check
  • Summary

Week 6: Hands-On Exercises

Exercise 5 – Estimate
Exercise 6 – Loads and Progress

Facilitated By Peter Cooper, Senior Aviation Consultant

With more than 50 years of experience in the aviation industry, Peter is an Independent Aviation Specialist, who continues to be active in planning management some years after normal retirement age. This includes maintaining aircraft technical records, defining bridging checks and calculating man-hour estimates, to mention just three. His customers include airlines, leasing companies and management specialists.

He started his career in 1959, joining the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force as an Aircraft Apprentice at the renowned No. 1 School of Technical Training, graduating in 1962. He then followed a standard military career until 1984 when he retired voluntarily to pursue his aviation interests in civilian life.

From 1984 until 1992 he was employed in a number of disciplines commencing with Airwork Limited at Bournemouth as the senior technical controller. This position was followed by a move to British Caledonian Helicopters at Aberdeen to take up the position of Deputy Technical Services Manager. These two positions provided the grounding in technical records and schedules engineering along with other experience of the aviation civilian industry. Unfortunately the value of North Sea oil dropped dramatically and he was made redundant. Not long afterwards BCAL Helicopters ceased to exist. The connection with British Caledonian Airways provided the opportunity to continue civilian aviation development when he accepted a position as a Materials Planning Engineer, looking after the Airline’s outstations as core employment but gaining valuable experience in the fields of initial provisioning and Third Party Maintenance at Gatwick. Shortly after the takeover of BCAL by British Airways he accepted a position with the then Qualitair Aviation at Stansted (later FFV Aerotech) as a Projects/Planning Engineer. Here he saw more experience in the shape of Facilities Planning (new hangar), Equipment Planning (added capability) and MRO type Materials Planning. This position was followed by a move to a sister company at Manchester as Planning Superintendent and Deputy Planning Manager.

In 1992 FFV Aerotech had become an FLS Aerospace company as a result of the shrinking industry much smaller in size. He accepted a position with the newly formed Shannon Aerospace at Shannon, Ireland, as a Planning Engineer, prior to the formal opening. He later became Senior Planning Engineer with responsibility for Boeing B757 and B767 aircraft types, leaving a few months short of formal retirement age in 2007.

Certificate of Completion

All participants successfully completing this program will get a certificate of completion.


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