ECTS credits: 6
Lectures: 3
Exercises: 2

Course objective:

Introduction to the structure of single assemblies, parts and relevant systems of an aircraft.

Course contents:

Introduction. General terms. Reliability and safety of aircraft structure. Airworthiness. Fundamentals of aircraft design and construction. Basic parts of an aircraft: wing (purpose, shapes, aerodynamic properties, loads, structural features, wing mechanisms, tail assembly), fuselage (purpose, shapes, aerodynamic properties, wing-fuselage joints, tail assembly-fuselage joints), new trends in the design and construction of modern aircraft, flight controls (purpose and classification, structural solutions of single parts), landing gear (purpose, types, forces and loads, amortisation) aircraft hydraulic system. Aircraft standards and norms (ATA, EASA, LN).


Awareness of the importance and role of particular parts of the aircraft structure. Recognition of the nature and type of loads on certain parts of the aircraft structure. Dimensioning of particular parts. Assessment of the impact of possible structural damage on aircraft airworthiness. Understanding of structural repair technology.

Learning outcomes:

Having passed the exam, the student will be able to: 1. Classify and categorise parts of an aircraft structure. 2. Formulate basic technical principles of aircraft design. 3. Analyse and distinguish different technical solutions applied in particular aircraft assemblies. 4. Distinguish the significance of the impact which the elements of aircraft structure have on the selection of repair technology. 5. Estimate the impact of aircraft structural damage on airworthiness. These learning outcomes contribute to the following outcomes of the study programme of aircraft maintenance: - Classify the levels of maintenance according to the impact on safety and costs of ordinary and extraordinary maintenance. - Distinguish aircraft maintenance according to MSG-2 and MSG-3 concepts. - Distinguish single parts of and aircraft in relation to the physical laws of flying and functioning of aircraft systems. - Apply standard maintenance procedures prescribed in the aircraft maintenance programmes. - Analyse errors in operational flying from the reliability programme in aircraft maintenance.