Students Complete First AeroSystems Course at Defence Academy

25/08/2021
Major Tom Mouat MBE teaching at the Defence Academy

The first MSc graduates of the Defence Academy's AeroSystems course have received the coveted title 'QAS' (Qualified AeroSystems) after successfully completing 42-weeks of studies and training.

The AeroSystems course educates and trains students, both UK and allied armed forces, in areas such as flight trials, requirements management and air capability development roles. Although affected by Covid restrictions this year, the course includes field visits to military bases and leading aerospace companies in the UK, Sweden, the United States and Israel, where the students learn first-hand about cutting-edge commercial developments and methodologies in artificial intelligence, data fusion and aviation technology.

Nine students completed the first AeroSystems MSc at the Defence Academy this year, including three Royal Navy observers, one Royal Australian Navy observer, an RAF Pilot, one RAF Navigator, one RAF Air Ops (Systems) and two pilots under training. Requiring a thorough understanding of the science behind technology, the AeroSystems course also emphasised the importance of practical application in the aviation sector.

The annual course – this is the fiftieth – was previously delivered at RAF Cranwell and, most recently, at MOD Boscombe Down. It is operated by the Air and Space Warfare Centre (ASWC) at RAF Waddington. The Defence Academy is the new training provider for the course.

Around 60 guests attended the socially distanced graduation ceremony on Friday 30 July, including students, staff, families, industry partners and military personnel. They were joined by the Chief Executive and Commandant Defence Academy, Major General Andrew Roe; Air Commodore Richard Davies, Commandant ASWC; and Wing Commander Jim Xinos RAAF.

Aerospace industry guests included BAE Systems, Thales, Rolls-Royce and Leonardo.