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SeMS Aviation Security Management Systems

Dates: May 17-21, 2021

Meets: M, Tu, W, Th and F from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: LAX Campus

Registration Fee - In Person: $2,650.00 (deposit option available)

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This course is designed for individuals responsible for managing and implementing aviation security measures at medium to small size aircraft operators, all airports and Indirect Air Carriers (IAC’s). The course applies the fundamentals of SMS (hazard identification, risk assessment and mitigation of risk) to the field of aviation security. It demonstrates how to conduct a risk-based security program that builds upon national and international standards and requirements. The course presents the PRIFISE operational risk assessment tool as a framework for meeting emerging security threats. As cyber security has become a more important issue, this course has been extended to include a half-day on cyber security. Note: This is a non-SSI course.

Objectives: To provide individuals with the knowledge and skills to develop a SeMS based aviation security management system that is compliant with Federal requirements, International Standards and reflective of organizational needs.

Who Should Attend: Individuals responsible for implementation of aviation security requirements in medium to small size aircraft operators, all airports and Indirect Air carriers. This course would also be of interest to those individuals and managers who are seeking to apply a systems management approach to aviation security within their particular areas of jurisdiction. Individuals involved in the design and integration of security measures into airport environments would find benefit in this course. This course would be beneficial to government agencies responsible for aviation security.

Course Outline

  1. Primary Lessons of Aviation Security
        Evolution of the Threat
        Evolution of the Response
        Development of Countermeasures
  2. Legal Programs as Countermeasures
        ICAO
        SeMS
        U.S. Regulations
  3. Principles of Aviation Security Management Systems
        Positive Leadership Culture
        Data-based Decision Making
        Shared Framework with SMS
  4. Audits and Inspections
        Internal Audits
        Risk Assessment Matrix
        Synergy with ICAO and National Requirements and Inspections
  5. Practical Applications
        PRIFISE operational risk assessment tool
        Non-regulatory Security Practices that Make Sense and Diminish Risk
        Operating in Unfamiliar Environments
  6. Security Technologies
        Cost Benefit
        Emerging Technologies
        Cyber Security
  7. Threats
        Threats to Aircraft
        Threats to Airports
  8. Case Studies and Practical Exercise
        Audit of Aviation Entity
        Application of SMS Principles

Course Duration: 4.5 Days

Fee: $2,650.00
Hours:32.00
CEUs:3.20

Deposit Option: pay $1325.00 now with the remaining $1325.00 due before May 17, 2021

Fee Breakdown

CategoryDescriptionAmount
Course Fee (Basic)Registration Fee - In Person$2,650.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Registration Fee - Online$2,650.00

LAX Campus

USC Aviation Safety and Security Program LAX Campus

Thomas Anthony


Archibald McKinlay

Archibald McKinlay has extensive experience at the leading edge of software safety specification, development and engineering in real time safety-critical systems and systems of systems, with related work in system safety and product assurance.

Among his more recent software safety projects are the Denver TREX and Los Angeles Exposition Line specifications (rail transit) regarding system safety and software safety in various control systems, work on the St. Louis Light Rail Extensions and the JFK people mover, and international versions of the NASA Space Station Software Safety Specification. He also developed the software safety program for the Canadian Automated Air Traffic Control System. He has assessed and improved software safety processes and testing on Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle for the US Marine Corps.

McKinlay previously led Software Safety activities at the McDonnell Aircraft Company, contributing to such projects as development/test on the F-15E Strike Eagle weapons systems, the F/A – 18 E/F Hornet flight controls, the Navy T-45A jet trainer and the Advanced Tactical Fighter. He has also provided software safety training to Wright-Patterson AFB Engineering Center, the Naval Air Development Center, the Naval Air Test Center, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the National Security Agency.

McKinlay earned his B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy and his M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He participated in the writing of the FAA’s DO-178B Standard for Airborne Software and the IEEE standard for Software Safety Programs Plans.


Glen Winn


Mark Randol

Mark Randol biography on aviationsafety.usc.edu.

Date Day Time Location
05/17/2021Monday8 AM to 12 N LAX Campus
05/18/2021Tuesday8 AM to 4 PM LAX Campus
05/19/2021Wednesday8 AM to 4 PM LAX Campus
05/20/2021Thursday8 AM to 4 PM LAX Campus
05/21/2021Friday8 AM to 4 PM LAX Campus

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