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Ilias lappas 30630

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-MEng Aeronautical Engineering, Hellenic Air Force Academy, Athens, Greece (2000)
-MSc Aerospace Dynamics specializing in Aerodynamics, Cranfield University, Cranfield, United Kingdom (2006)
-MBA, EDHEC Business School, Nice, France (2013)
-Postgraduate Certificate in Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education, University of South Wales, United Kingdom (2015)


Ilias is an aerospace and defense professional with 20 years of experience in military aircraft operations, sustainment/airworthiness and academia. Before joining the University of South Wales, he has worked for 14 years at the Hellenic Air Force in positions ranging from aircraft airworthiness officer, to project manager and up to Staff Officer for the Ministry of Defense.
In his last position within the Air Force, he worked as Chief Engineer for the T-6A aircraft maintenance squadron, in which he was ensuring the airworthiness of 45 aircraft, while leading close to 100 engineers, aircraft mechanics and technicians.
In his new position within the University, Ilias is committed to give his best in enhancing the learning experience of his students and in familiarizing them with the challenges and opportunities of our fast changing world.


-Aircraft Airworthiness Officer, T-6 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Kalamata Air Force Base, Greece, 2000-2005
-Project Manager, Aircraft Structural Integrity Program for the C-27J aircraft fleet, Hellenic Air Force Research and Applied Technology Center, Athens, Greece, 2006-2008
-Adjunct Lecturer in Aeronautical Engineering, School of Aerospace Science and Technology, National University of Athens, Chalkida campus, Greece, 2006-2011
-Staff Officer, Aircraft Airworthiness, Ministry of Defense of Greece, Athens, Greece, 2008-2012
-Chief Engineer, T-6 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Kalamata Air Force Base, Greece, 2013-2014
-Lecturer, Aeronautical and Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, University of South Wales, United Kingdom, 2014-2015
-Senior Lecturer in Aeronautical Engineering, Course Leader BEng/MEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering, University of South Wales, United Kingdom, 2015-today


Course Leader, BEng/MEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering:
-Providing course leadership and co-ordination of the course delivery team
-Working with module leaders to ensure that the academic delivery is effective and provides for a positive student experience, to include course content, use of the most appropriate learning, teaching and assessment methodologies
-Monitoring course design and implementation and leading course validation/revalidation process
-Providing course leadership and co-ordination of course related activities in relation to recruitment, retention, progression, achievement and student experience
-Module leader for Flight Dynamics, Aircraft Systems Integration and Performance, Aerodynamics, and Fundamentals of Business Engineering and Management modules
-University’s representative on the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) project of ICAO


-STO-TR-AVT-174: ‘Qualification and Structural Design Guidelines for Military Unmanned Air Vehicles’

- ‘Development of Plasticity Model for Steel Ratcheting Simulation’, US Air Force Structural Integrity Program Conference, Dec 2008, San Antonio, TX, USA

-’Huong Le & Ilias Lappas (2015) Continuing Airworthiness: Major Drivers and Challenges in Civil and Military Aviation, Aviation, 19:4, 165-170

-‘21st Century Skills for the Aerospace Industry Workforce and Their Translation to the Classroom’, 2015 CEAS Air and Space Conference, 7-11 Sept 2015, Delft University, Netherlands

-Lappas, I., Kourousis, I.K., (2016), ‘Anticipating the Need For New Skills for the Future Aerospace and Aviation Professionals’, Journal of Aerospace Technology and Management,Vol.8 No 2, 232-241 doi: 10.5028/jatm.v8i2.616

-Bozoudis, M., Lappas, I., Kottas, A., (2018), ‘Use of Cost-Adjusted Importance Measures for Aircraft System Maintenance Optimization’, Aerospace Journal, Vol. 5, Issue 3 (

-Lappas, I., Bozoudis, M., (2018), ‘The Development of an Ordinary Least Squares Parametric Model to Estimate the Cost Per Flying Hour of ‘Unknown’ Aircraft Types and a Comparative Application’, Aerospace Journal, Vol. 5, Issue 4 (

-Lappas, I., Ikenaga, A., (2019), ‘Conceptual Design and Performance Optimization of a Tip Device for a Regional Turboprop Aircraft’, Aerospace Journal, Vol. 6, Issue 10 (

Ilias Lappas on ResearchGate


-Fellow, Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS)
-Chartered Engineer, UK Engineering Council
-Fellow, Higher Education Academy


-External Examiner MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design, Cranfield University (Oct 2020-September 2024)
-Mentor, Virgin StartUp (
-Committee member, Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Cardiff Branch


-2014 NATO Scientific Achievement Award recipient, as a member of the awarded Research Team AVT-174 on “Qualification and Structural Design Guidelines for Military Unmanned Air Vehicles”

Areas of Expertise

Flight mechanics, aircraft airworthiness, aviation consulting, aviation education and training, strategic decision making, multi-disciplinary problem solving, transformation and knowledge management


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