The aviation industry, in fact only 116 years old since the Wright Brothers made their first “flight” in 1903, has witnessed impressive growth worldwide. Todays’ life without fast reliable means of transport like worldwide flights, making it possible to literally reach every corner of the world in just hours, can no longer be thought away. Every year around 4 billion people board an aircraft. It is expected this will double in 2040….
Important developments in this very special transport industry were, to name but a few, the signing of the important and “very international” Convention of Chicago just after the Second World War, together with the introduction of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO – 192 member states), the introduction of faster jet aircraft in the 1950’s, the introduction of “Jumbo” jets in the 1960’s (400+ passengers) and later even bigger aircraft like the Airbus A380 (technically certified for 800+ passengers).
But also Low Cost Carriers, liberalization of the highly regulated airline world, the appearance of new kids on the block, new Business models, new Technologies, new financial and operational Lease constructions, new Markets, Frequent Flier Plans; all significantly have contributed to the growth of air traffic, which for sure will even further increase.
And: What to think of space planes capable to fly from Europe to Australia in just hours?
As a result of these “simple” facts and to accommodate the immense growth that we watch, the entire aviation industry has changed considerably in these 116 years. It will continue to change further in an even more rapid pace!
Accommodating the growth of the number of passengers, the increasing transportation of cargo / freight in a global world in the safest way possible needs people who are well trained and know what is going on in this very special global aviation world.
Aviation can be distinguished as an industry with very many different functions involved. Aviation already has a huge shortage of skilled professionals, not only consider pilots and engineers to maintain the aircraft; it is to be expected that worldwide demand of people with general and specific knowledge of the aviation industry will continue and even grow.
In other words: This overall growth and development of the aviation industry has to be led by highly-skilled management and highly skilled players.
The main objective of the GEMFM Aviation Management Specialization is to provide participants with specific expertise to manage organizations, whether it will be airlines, airports, civil aviation organizations, air navigation service providers, airport handlers, maintenance organizations and all those who are involved in the aviation business.
This GEMFM specialization is taught by professors from different countries as well as by practitioners who originate from and have a wide experience in the different subjects of aviation. Participants choose six 24-hour modules:
- Introduction to the aviation industry
- Aviation legislation and air transport policy
- The airline industry
- Airport operations
- Financing and leasing in the aviation industry
- Environmental and health issues in aviation
- Operation of aircraft and an aircraft fleet
- Maintenance of aircraft and its parts, specific: engines
- Aircraft leasing more in depth
- Air traffic services, air navigation services, better economic use of the airspace
- Aviation crisis management
- Commercial space transportation, space mining