Minimum Equipment List (MEL) Fundamentals

A Minimum Equipment List (MEL) fundamentals course dedicated to Operational Personnel not involved in the MEL customisation process, but are regular users of the manual, including pilots, engineers and flight dispatch personnel. 

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What the Course is About

The Minimum Equipment List, or MEL, is an essential tool for aviation professionals. It is a document that outlines the minimum equipment required for a flight to be considered safe and legal, and it specifies the conditions under which a flight can be safely commenced with inoperative equipment.

On the ground, an aircraft is considered airworthy when its physical state matches its design. In other words, the aircraft is in good condition and is safe to operate. However, there may be situations where an aircraft has known failures or inoperative equipment, but it can still be operated safely. This is where the MEL comes in.

The Minimum Equipment List is a document that is used by all aircraft operator departments, and everyone involved in aviation is expected to be knowledgeable about its use and limitations. It provides an approved way to determine the required conditions under which a flight can be commenced safely with inoperative equipment.

The Minimum Equipment List is one of the most critical documents in aviation. It is designed to help ensure the safety of the aircraft, crew, and passengers. It is also essential to keep in mind that the MEL is not a replacement for proper maintenance practices. It is merely a tool that can be used when the aircraft is not in perfect condition.

This course follows EASA regulations and covers the basic principles of MELs. It is aimed at aviation professionals who require a deeper understanding of how MELs are put together, as well as the knowledge of how to check and verify its contents against the Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL). The MMEL is a comprehensive document that lists all the equipment that an aircraft must have to be considered airworthy.

This course covers the MEL in detail, including its development, contents, and limitations. The course provides guidance on how to use the MEL to determine the required conditions for safe flight operations. It also covers the various types of inoperative equipment and the procedures for handling them.

The course is designed to supplement MEL training requirements as required by ORO.GEN.110(e) and its AMC. It provides aviation professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure the safe operation of aircraft with inoperative equipment. By completing this course, aviation professionals will gain a deeper understanding of the MEL and its importance in aviation safety.

If you want to learn more on how to customise a Minimum Equipment List, we recommend this other course on Raven.

Target Audience

This course is targeted for Aircraft Operators’ Operational Personnel, including Flight Crew, Cabin Crew, flight Dispatchers and other Operational Personnel operating within the EASA region.

Learning Experience

3 hours, linear format.

Interactive videos and games.

90-day window to finish the course.

Learning Objectives


The Learner shall be able to remember the important aspects of the Minimum Equipment List regulation, format and use.


The Learner shall be able to check and verify the operator’s MEL against an MMEL, and use it to help dispatch aircraft with inoperative equipment/functions.


The learner shall be able to understand the importance of the MMEL and its significance to the final operator’s MEL format.

About Instructor

Alan Grech

Alan is a warranted Mechanical Engineer by profession with special interest in aerospace engineering. He holds an MSc in Thermal Power (Aero-engine options) from Cranfield University and an MBA from Anglia Ruskin University. Alan worked for several years with different operators, also as Nominated Postholder for Continuing Airworthiness.

3 Courses

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Course Includes

  • 6 Lessons
  • 22 Waypoints
  • 1 Quiz