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Fundamentals of Civil Aviation

Fundamentals of Civil Aviation


The Fundamentals of Civil Aviation course at CTS College provides an introductory exploration into the civil aviation industry, furnishing a thorough overview for individuals aspiring towards careers as pilots, flight attendants, air traffic controllers, maintenance engineers, aviation security officers and aviation inspectors.

Encompassing a broad spectrum of subjects, the course delves into regulatory mandates pertaining to aircraft and airport design, manufacture, certification and operation. Moreover, participants will delve into airline operations, airport management, air navigation, air traffic control and aviation security.

Embark on this journey with us to acquire the knowledge and competencies requisite for a prosperous career in the dynamic realm of civil aviation.


Upon completion, students would be able to:

  • Have an understanding of the main duties and responsibilities of key aviation jobs
  • Learn about academic qualifications, medical standards and other special requirements for professional aviation roles
  • Have an overview of the national, regional and international aviation industry
  • Choose an aviation career based on qualifications, experience and career objectives
  • Prepare for aviation job interviews, providing a competitive advantage


Below are some of the main features of this course:

  • Short duration - can be completed in only 5 weeks with 1 class per week
  • Competitive rates with flexible payment plans
  • Experienced lecturer with excellent student support
  • Online classes which are also recorded for further review
  • Support group via WhatsApp with the lecturer, programme manager and students

Target Audience

This course is perfect for:

  • Young adults aged 16 – 35 aspiring to pursue a career in the aviation industry
  • Adults aged 16 and above seeking a general understanding of the aviation industry
  • Aviation enthusiasts

Entry Requirements

It is recommended that students possess critical thinking, analytical and effective communication skills in order to start this course.

Course Content

The following would be covered in this course:

1: Introduction

  • Global benefits of aviation (rapid movement of goods and people, employment)
  • The Wright Brothers flyer
  • Early development of aviation
  • Early aircraft types
  • Importance of aviation in the socioeconomic development of countries

2: Aviation Physics

  • Matter, mass, weight and buoyancy
  • Altitude, temperature, pressure, volume and density
  • Energy: Potential and kinetic
  • Force, work, power and momentum
  • Torque and horsepower
  • Friction: static, sliding and rolling, coefficient of rolling resistance
  • Mechanical advantage: Levers, pulleys and flywheels
  • Newton's Laws of Motion
  • Speed, velocity, and acceleration
  • Statute mile, nautical mile, latitude, longitude and knots
  • Fluids, gas laws and bernoulli’s principle
  • Weight and balance: Arms, moments and center of gravity
  • Static electricity

3: Basic Aerodynamics

  • How lift is generated on an aircraft wing
  • Lift formula and coefficient of lift
  • Angle of attack and angle of incidence
  • The axis of an aircraft and center of gravity
  • How flight controls work
  • Forces acting on an aircraft: lift, weight, thrust and drag

4: Types of Aircraft

  • Aircraft and aeroplane
  • Fixed wing and rotary wing

5: Categories of Aircraft

  • Transport category: Passenger and cargo
  • Private, aerial work and special purpose
  • Military, civil aircraft and state aircraft

6: Basic Aircraft Structure

  • Fuselage: Monocoque and semi-monocoque
  • Type of wings and chord line
  • Empennage
  • Primary and secondary flight controls: slats, flaps, ailerons, rudders and tabs
  • Counterbalancing, pressurised aircraft and fly-by-wire

7: Aircraft Engine and Airframe Manufacturers

  • Airframe manufacturers: Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier, Embraer, COMAC, Cessna and Gulfstream
  • Engine Manufacturers: GE Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls Royce, CFM International and International Aero Engines

8: Requirements for Careers in the Aviation Industry

  • Aviation specific: Pilot, Flight Engineer, Flight Operations Officer, Flight Dispatcher, Maintenance Engineer, Flight Attendant, Air Traffic Controller and Airline Marketing
  • Non-Aviation: Accountants, Human Resource, Information Technology, Legal and Property Maintenance


Course Offering

Day Time Duration Contact Hours Cost Lecturer
Saturday 09:00 am to 01:00 pm 5-Weeks 20 hours $1,200.00 Mr. Ramesh Lutchmedial

Session - Saturday (09:00 am to 01:00 pm)

Session Start Date End Date
Session 1 Saturday, July 6, 2024 Saturday, August 3, 2024

Delivery Mode

Online and Face-to-Face Classes

This course will be delivered via a combination of live online and face-to-face classes.

Online Classes: Students will be provided with a link to join the class as well as other relevant instructions at least one day before the start of each class. These classes are also recorded - therefore students have the option to review the course content as often as they like.

Face-to-Face Classes: Students would be expected to attend the classes at the designated location.

Additional Info


Students would be assessed based on the following:

  • Written multiple choice exam
  • Class attendance
  • Participation

Note: Participants must achieve an overall mark of 70% or higher in order to pass this course.


In order to receive the CTS College certificate of completion or participation for this course, students must attend a minimum of 75% of classes and pay any outstanding fees. Where applicable, students who do not meet the necessary assessment requirements, but attended the required amount of classes would receive a CTS College certificate of participation.

Certificates would be provided in digital format which would allow students to access, print and share their certificates 24/7 on demand. For more information on our digital certificates please click here.

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Fees & Payment


This course is offered at the affordable price of $1,000. In order to start the course, students must pay a minimum of 50% before the first class.

Payment Plans

Students can be given a payment plan where the initial downpayment is made, with an arrangement for the remaining balance to be paid over the duration of the course. Please feel free to contact us to discuss a payment plan customised for you.

Payment Methods

The following table shows the details for the 4 convenient ways to pay the CTS College fees for this programme:

Payment Method Details
Linx Paid at the Administration Office
Credit Card Paid at the Administration Office

Paid at the Administration Office

Made Payable to CTS College

Online Bank Transfer

Paid via Online Banking

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Student Support


At CTS College, we believe in crafting an extraordinary student experience. This is why we have selected Mr. Ramesh Lutchmedial to facilitate the Fundamentals of Civil Aviation course. Mr. Lutchmedial not only imparts knowledge, but creates a learning experience where students feel valued and appreciated. He is also committed to shaping a transformative learning journey and creating an educational adventure that goes beyond the ordinary.

Mr Lutchmedial, is an experienced aviation consultant, with over 53 years in the aviation industry. He has a wealth of expertise in aviation safety, regulatory compliance, passenger facilitation, air navigation, aviation security and accident investigation.

He was instrumental in transforming the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) into a globally recognised aviation organisation during his 16-year tenure as Director General. His accomplishments include establishing modern aviation infrastructure, such as the TTCAA aviation complex and the Trinidad and Tobago Safety Oversight System, which enabled the country to achieve FAA IASA Category 1 status.

Ramesh has also played a significant role in the development of civil aviation infrastructure in Trinidad and Tobago, including the creation of Caribbean Air Navigation and Advisory Services Limited (CANAS) to manage air navigation charges. He has represented Trinidad and Tobago at international aviation conferences and negotiations, contributing to the country's air service agreements and aviation development.

Ramesh continues to contribute to the aviation industry and shares his knowledge through lectures and training programmes. His vast experience and dedication make him an invaluable asset to the course.

Programme Management

The programme management team is responsible for the management of this course. If you would like further information or clarification on this programme please contact:

Ms. Reena Seepersadsingh
Programme Manager
Phone: (868) 376-7721 / (868) 740-9095

E-mail: Certifications@CTSCollege.com

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