Back to category

Aeronautical engineering - 2021

Introduction to aircraft design


This course allows learners to gain knowledge of the various phases of development of commercial transport aircraft, from the preliminary phases to aircraft going live.  The organization, skills, resources and planning necessary for aircraft development will be covered, along with a detailed look at the groundwork required before aircraft can be certified and flown by an airline.


The course lasts 3 days (21 hours).


The development of a transport aircraft can be 'incremental' whereby the aircraft manufacturer starts with an existing aircraft and only modifies a part of it.  It can also be a completely new aircraft requiring complete end-to-end redesign.  This course addresses all the activities required of a manufacturer like Airbus for each aircraft program, from the initial idea to its use by an airline. 

The course is intended for manager and non-managerial staff working in aeronautics with no special technical knowledge.  An ideal complement to aeronautical engineers' and technicians' knowledge.

The key components (structure, propulsion, systems) of an aircraft are described following a summary of the physical and mechanical laws.  There is also a review of the means and organization of aircraft development, as well as the development phases, from mass production, the crucial step of certification, up to the aircraft going live.

The course concludes with two case studies: incremental development (A320neo) and the development of a new aircraft (A350XWB).


Course level: Basic

General training for non-technical personnel in the aeronautical field (planning, purchasing, finance, lawyers, assistants, etc.).  An ideal complement to aeronautical engineers' and technicians' knowledge.


Pascal THALIN :

PhD in Engineering, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Electric Aircraft of SAE International.  20 years of aeronautical experience - in Engineering, Program and Business Development - gained at Airbus, Safran and Thales in Electrical, Avionics and Propulsion Systems. Lecturer at EUROSAE for Continuing Education and the Toulouse Business School for undergraduate/Master’s Business courses.

Author of the book Fundamentals of Electric Aircraft published by SAE International.


  • Fundamentals of Physics and Flight Mechanics
  • Description of the key constituents of the aircraft
    • Aerostructure, Propulsion, Systems
  • Preliminary design of an aircraft before launch
    • Strategy, market research
    • Upstream research and demonstrators
    • Costings (recurring and non-recurring costs) and Business Plans
    • Accounting for customer requirements
    • Definition of aircraft programs and partnerships
  • Organization of aircraft programs
    • Development cycle
    • Development and Risk Prevention Plans
    • Planning, Groundwork and Process
    • Program Partners, Division of Work/Responsibilities (Workshare)
    • Professions, Skills and Organization
    • Tools and Methods
    • Specifications and Calls for Tender
    • Choosing Suppliers (Motorists, Systems Engineers, Equipment Manufacturers)
      • The concept of the Risk Sharing Partner (RSP)
    • Supply Chain, Logistics (Pre-Series/Series)
    • Means of design, validation and testing
    • Industrial Tools, Assembly line(s)
  • Development, Validation and Certification of the aircraft
    • Preliminary and Detailed Design, Approval
    • Safety, Reliability, Risk Removal Activities
    • Performance Compliance (mass, noise, consumption, etc.)
    • Integration, Verification, Tuning and Testing (ground, flights)
    • Growth in Maturity
    • Quality Assurance (development, production)
    • Compliance with Regulations and Certification
  • Mass Production and Going Live
    • Going Live, Support
    • Rises in production rate
  • Case studies: A350XWB and A320neo programs
  • Panel discussion and summary


Scheduled in French:

TOULOUSE:  6 to 8 September 2021


For the English realization, please, consult us.


€1,860 excluding tax (20% VAT)

See general terms

Dowload pdf
Download registration form
Contact us

Sorry, this entry is only available in French. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language.

logo formation eurosae 300

EUROSAE vous accueille dans ses locaux dans des conditions sanitaires optimales.
Cependant, nous vous proposons également un large panel de formations à distance.