|Dates:||September 28 - October 9, 2020|
|Meets:||M, Tu, W, Th and F from 7:30 AM to 4:10 PM, 10 sessions|
Holding One spot for Noe Gomez/CBP
There are 2 openings remaining at this time.
The course is designed for individuals who have limited investigation experience. All aspects of the investigation process are addressed, starting with preparation for the investigation through writing the final report. It covers National Transportation Safety Board and International (ICAO) procedures. Investigative techniques are examined with emphasis on fixed wing investigation. Data collection, wreckage reconstruction and cause analysis are discussed in the classroom and applied in the lab.
The new USC Aircraft Accident Investigation lab serves as the location for practical exercises. Eight aircraft wreckages form the basis of these investigative exercises. An actual crash site in the LA area is visited. The crash laboratory gives the student an opportunity to learn the observation and documentation skills required of accident investigators. The wreckage is examined and reviewed with investigators who have extensive actual real-world investigation experience. Examination techniques and methods are demonstrated along with participative group discussions of actual wreckage examination, reviews of witness interview information, and investigation group personal dynamics discussions.
Anyone who participates in an Aircraft Accident Investigation may be called upon to communicate with a wide range of individuals including: investigators, regulators, industry representatives, lawyers, and the media. The communication portion of the AAI class provides students with the tools necessary to address those diverse audiences. This is a specialized skill that will prove to be highly valuable in aircraft accident or incident situations.
Objectives: To provide concepts and practical techniques on aircraft investigation methodology, and prepare an individual to participate in an aircraft accident investigation.
Who Should Attend: Persons associated with aircraft accident investigation including manufacturers, operators, associations, insurers, air carriers, government agencies, law enforcement and military.
Introduction and History
Authority and Theory
Principles of Investigation
On-Scene Investigation Procedures
Investigation of Aircraft Fires
Reciprocating Engines and Propellers
Gas Turbine Engines
In-flight Breakup and Midair Collisions
Analysis and Report Writing
Flight Data Recorders
Cockpit Voice Recorders
Types of Material Failures
Metal and Composite Materials
Identifying Failures in the Field
Understanding Aircraft Stability
Aerodynamics — Accident Cause or Contributor
Aeromedical Role in Investigation
Overview of Strategy
Message Development and Thought Process
Interactive Exercises to Illustrate Techniques
Critique and Analysis of Potential Situations
The Role and Reality of Media in Accident Investigation
Investigation Organization at Accident Site
Accident Site Hazards and Safety
Investigative Group Interactions
Course Duration: 9.5 Days