1st Edition

Fundamentals of International Aviation

ISBN 9781138708976
Published March 18, 2018 by Routledge
394 Pages 91 Color Illustrations

USD $52.95

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Book Description

International aviation is a massive and complex industry that is crucial to our global economy and way of life.

Fundamentals of International Aviation, designed for the next generation of aviation professionals, flips the traditional approach to aviation education. Instead of focusing on one career in one country, it has been designed to introduce the aviation industry on a global scale with a broad view of all the interconnected professional groups. Therefore, this is an appropriate introductory book for any aviation career (including aviation regulators, maintenance engineers, pilots, flight attendants, airline managers, dispatchers, air traffic controllers, and airport managers among many others).

Each chapter of this text introduces a different cross-section of the industry, from air law to operations, security to remotely-piloted aircraft (drones). A variety of learning tools are built into each section, including case studies that describe an aviation accident related to the content of each chapter.

This book provides a foundation of aviation industry awareness that will support the next generation as they choose a career path that best aligns with their interests and ambitions. It also offers current professionals an enriched understanding of the practices and challenges between the many interconnected professional groups that make up the rich fabric of international aviation.

Online slides and a test bank are available as an eResource for this book, which can be found at www.routledge.com/9781138708976.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

List of Boxes

List of Case Studies



Learning Tools


  1. International Air Law
  2. Aircraft
  3. Operations
  4. Navigation
  5. Airports
  6. Security
  7. Environment
  8. Accidents
  9. Safety
  10. Remotely Piloted Aircraft


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Dr. Suzanne Kearns is an Associate Professor within the aviation program at the University of Waterloo in Canada. She is a former aeroplane and helicopter pilot, the author of three other books, has developed and delivered ‘Introduction to Aviation’ courses to hundreds of students over the past 15 years.

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Author - Suzanne K Kearns

Suzanne K Kearns

Associate Professor, University of Waterloo
London, Ontario, Canada

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'Air traffic management (ATM) is a fast-paced and rapidly developing industry that provides global connectivity. ATM plays a vital role in the safe and efficient flow of global air traffic, and offers a variety of long-term job opportunities worldwide, with some of the most innovative organisations and state-of-the-art technologies. As the global voice of air traffic management, CANSO is working in partnership with ICAO, other regulatory bodies, industry partners and governments to highlight and exploit the opportunities available and to train a highly skilled and dynamic workforce of the future. We welcome those who have taken the step to help deliver safe, efficient and effective airspace, and look forward to an exciting journey ahead.' — Jeff Poole, Director General, Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO).

'Great CG balance between Technical and Referencing simplification without losing its fundamental essence. A valuable book for the future of aviation in a Global context. From its first Pioneers to the future of aviation and beyond. This book will appeal to anyone with an exploratory spirit for Aviation. I can see myself using this a lot  - Love it! It’s now my go to ‘Aviation Bible’.' — Stephan Cappon, Ulysses Aerospace/Founder

'This comprehensive look at the interconnectedness of all aspects of national and international aviation is an important addition to the understanding of how aviation works. Never boring, the work remains lively and interactive throughout - the perfect reference aimed at the advancement of aviation.' — Frank Hofmann, Chair (retired), Aerospace Technology Department, John Abbott College, Montreal. IAOPA Representative to ICAO.

‘The aviation industry is formed from a web of interconnected disciplines and professions; Fundamentals of International Aviation provides a coherent and concise examination of each of the key operational specialities to make sense of the whole organisational structure. Simply invaluable’. — Neil J Wilson, Senior Lecturer and Assistant Professor of Aviation Management, Coventry University, UK

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