Programme overview

Aviation Manager and newcomers to the aviation industry will focus on accountable management issues in the context of global aviation business. Participants will gain an overview and use frameworks to increase their efficiency in global aviation management.

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Dr. Andreas Wittmer Managing Director

Target Audience

The program is ideal for participants from companies across the aviation industry and participants who wish to enter the aviation industry.

Application Criteria

Aviation or aerospace industry experience and a bachelors or master degree are advantages, but not exclusively needed. At least two years of practical experience and good English written and spoken language skills are a precondition.

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Programme benefits

Equipped with an overview, frameworks and tools the participants will be able to lead, control and increase the efficiency of processes in global aviation management. They will be given a structure and tool to auditing their companies and be able to reduce risk by using the provided risk management framework. Furthermore, they know about crucial regulations and the impact on their business. Frameworks for quality and safety management help them to comply with the regulations. They will be able to influence and steer the company by applying their understanding of the global system of aviation and leadership skills.

Join the Alumni Network:
You will have access to the aviation network of past participants of our programs and all instructors, as well as with your course-mates as most have their roots in Europe.


By focusing on management issues in context of aviation, participants will:

  • gain an overview and brush up of the system of aviation on a global scale
  • gain a brush up of responsibilities of accountable managers in aviation
  • learn to implement and conduct internal auditing
  • be able to implement lead the process of risk management
  • be able to implement and manage their safety management system
  • learn about quality management systems and how to efficiently apply them
  • receive a brush up on most important global and European regulations
  • learn how to deals with authorities
  • be introduced about certification process management
  • learn about cross cultural management with a focus on Asia

Course Structure

Our CAS Certification Program Global Aviation Management consists of four modules:

16-21 January 2023,  WBZ and Square University of St. Gallen

  • Overview of the Aviation System
  • Overview of International Authorities and Organizations in Aviation
  • Overview and handling of National Authorities
  • Accountability, Duties and Responsibilities of the Accountable Manager
  • Labor Law in Aviation
  • Project Management in Aerospace
  • International Regulation
  • EASA Regulation
  • Corporate Governance in Aviation
  • Risk Management in Aviation
  • Leadership
  • Customer Centricity
  • Quality Management (frameworks and implementation)
  • Aviation Management Systems
  • Certification process management
  • Documents and requirements

13-16 June 2023 in Singapore

  • Cross cultural management
  • Diversity management
  • Doing business in Asia

05-08 September 2023, HSG Campus E, Congress Hotel Einstein St. Gallen

  • Essential Basics and Limitations of Safety in Aviation
  • Fundamentals and Structure of Safety Management in Aviation
  • Business Benefits of Implementing a Safety Management System
  • Safety Culture
  • Regulatory Requirements
  • Documentation CAO SMS Requirements for Operators, Maintenance Organizations, Air Traffic Service Providers and Aerodromes
  • EASA Management System Requirements (Part ORO)
  • Regulatory Oversight of the Aviation Industry: Regulatory Programs and Tools
  • Internal Control Systems
  • Production vs. Protection
  • Safety Risk Management: Hazard Identification and Implementation of Risk Controls
  • Reporting
  • Industry Code of Best Practice
  • NEW: Cyber Security

22-24 November 2022, HSG Campus E, Congress Hotel Einstein St. Gallen

  • Introduction to quality and compliance management
  • Regulations of Management Systems (ISO/EASA)
  • Design and structure of EN ISO 19011
  • Do a real audit at a regional airport
  • Audit follow-up actions (evaluation, reporting)
  • Communication and behavior during the Audit
  • Audit-Software AMAS (Aviation Management Audit System)

Your application

Early admission is encouraged and must be received at least eight weeks prior to the program start. Access is restricted to a limited number of participants from companies across the aviation industry an participants who wish to enter the aviation industry. The admission review committee accepts registrations according to the order of submission. To be considered for the program, aviation or aerospace industry experience and a bachelors or master degree is an advantage, but not exclusively needed. There are special rates for teams of the same organization or multiyear contracts.

Why University of St.Gallen

The HSG – your partner for first-class executive education in Switzerland

At the University of St. Gallen (HSG), you can choose from one of the largest executive education portfolios in the German speaking region – the right programme for your needs and career objectives. The renowned quality and practical relevance of the learning experience convinces more than 6000 participants per year. Profit from an Executive Degree from St.Gallen – the best business school in the German-speaking world – and get ahead in your career!

  • For high-quality teaching and executive training by top researchers

  • For competent executives

  • For Lifelong Learning

  • For international collaborations

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