In this module, the importance of business and commerce to commercial aviation is considered from the perspective of those working in the aviation industry. It explains the structure of businesses and the way in which transactions are carried out and the increasing importance of intellectual property. In respect to the commercial aviation industry, a brief overview of aircraft leasing and aviation insurance is provided. As such, we look at the various types of business structures and workplace arrangements that can be found in aviation across various jurisdictions.


This Module provides an introduction to the topic of aviation safety and aviation security and an overview of how these concepts impacts on organisations and cultures. The importance of understanding what is meant by safety and a systems approach to safety management is considered from a perspective of those working in the aviation industry. The aviation industry is composed of a series of overlapping operational areas that safety and security personnel must protect. Aviation is an effective and efficient mode of transportation affecting the whole world. As such, aviation is a target that both terrorists and criminals highly desire. Therefore, each operational area must be protected accordingly as to prevent any terrorist or criminal behaviour.

This Module provides an introduction to the topic of international aviation law.  The Module explains why international law is a universal system of rules and principles concerning the relations with sovereign states, and relations between states and international organisations such as the United Nations and the International Civil Aviation Organisation. The importance of understanding what is meant by international law is considered from a perspective of those working in the aviation industry. The aviation industry is generally regarded as the most strictly regulated and most internationally harmonised of any industry sector and so is vital for people working in the aviation sector to understand this international law framework. It will be explained why international law is generally considered to be split up between private international law and public international law. The typical sources of international law can be found in international conventions, judicial decisions, customary law, bilateral and multilateral treaties as well as contracts. The importance of the Montreal Convention 1999 will be explained in respect to carriage by air with case study examples being provided.