Course Detail: AAIM - Aircraft Accident Investigation & Management

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In the Aircraft Accident Investigation and Management course, developed by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, participants will learn the fundamentals required to conduct or manage an aircraft mishap/accident investigation.

The participant will gain insights into the inner workings of the NTSB and ICAO investigative structure. The participant will review the investigation sequence from the pre-planning stage through the general survey and specific analysis of a mishap/accident, culminating with the determination of findings, probable cause(s), contributing factors, and recommendations. 

The participants will participate in live witness interview and photography/site documentation exercises. Crash laboratory exercises and case examples help the participant identify, collect and analyze data in the process of determining probable cause/s. Participants will get hands on time using the FARO Focus laser scanner for site documentation. The participant also discovers solutions to problems faced during aircraft mishap/accident investigations.

Course curriculum and elements of this course may be applicable to meet the training requirements for eligible candidates to apply for the ICAP Federal Aviation Safety Officer Certificate (ASO). The ASO program is sponsored by the Safety Standards and Training Subcommittee of the Interagency Committee for Aviation Policy (ICAP) 

This course can be taken independently, or toward the Certificate of Management in Aviation Safety and/or Certificate of Management in Aircraft Accident Investigation. 

Who Should Attend

Because safety risks affect every individual and department, professionals working in various capacities across the aviation industry can benefit from this knowledge including:

  • Pilots
  • Airport Managers
  • Safety Professionals
  • Airport Risk Managers
  • Air Safety Investigators

Sample of Course Topics

  • Investigation Process & Procedures
  • Field Investigation
  • Wreckage Distribution
  • Report Writing
  • Witness Interviewing
  • Structural Investigation
  • Propulsion Investigation
  • Human Factors
  • Site Documentation & Reconstruction
  • Aircraft Factors/Records
  • Fire Investigation
  • Mid Air Collisions
  • System & Instrument Investigation
  • Electronic Witnesses

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to demonstrate a comprehensive and broad-based understanding of risk management and competency in:

  • Current practices and principles of aircraft accident investigation
  • Roles and responsibilities of government agencies and other entities involved in the process
  • Accident reports, documents, witness interviewing, and review causal factors
  • NTSB and ICAO policies and practices
  • Conducting/participating in an accident investigation
  • Pre-accident planning & personal safety
  • Utilization of ADS-B and FDM data in investigations
  • Utilization of digital laser scanning techniques
  • System, structural, and instrument investigation
  • Accident survivability and crashworthiness

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Embry-Riddle will award 3.5 CEUs to each attendee who successfully completes the course.

Attendees Said...

"Very interesting and thorough introduction to aircraft accident investigation. It provided valuable methods, procedures, and techniques that can be applied in the real world."
"I was grateful for the real-life experience of the instructors and the insight they provided."
"Tremendous course & great capstone for the safety manager certification. Especially impressed with the crash lab and instructors."
"I just wanted to say thanks for the great short course.  You all did a great job in every aspect.  I thought it was an excellent short course, one of the best I have ever taken.  I will be at an inspection of helicopter wreckage next week in Phoenix, and I will be using what you all taught me." Professor, Materials Science & Engineering Department, University of Florida

Registration Information

The preferred method of payment is credit-card at the time of registration. If you are paying by another method of payment (wire-transfer, employer voucher, check/PO), please 'Create Profile' from the left menu and then contact Daytona Beach ProEd to submit a registration request. Please note registrations are not guaranteed until payment is received in full.

Cancellation Policy

A cancellation charge of $150 will be assessed on any standard cancellations. A late cancellation charge of 25% of the course registration fee will be assessed on cancellations occurring within 14 days of the start of the course. For additional information, please review the detailed cancellation, deferment, no-show and refund policies.

 Session Information: D1124-AAIM-F1 (5 seats (20%) remaining)

Schedule: Every day, starting on 11/04/24 and ending on 11/08/24
Times: 08:00am-04:00pm EST

Additional Information

Contact: Crystal Fornataro
Tel: 386.226.6928


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