University of Southern California The USC Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering USC
The USC Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering
Courses
Courses
Certificate Programs
Contract Courses
Schedule & Tuition
Instructor Biographies
Registration
Accommodations
Contact Aviation
Program News
Publications

AAI Course

 

Course Description
Objectives
Who Should Attend
Course Outline
Course Duration

AAI Instructor Biographies


Aircraft Accident Investigation


Course Description:

The course is designed for individuals who have limited investigation experience. All aspects of the investigation process are addressed, starting with preparation for investigation through report writing.  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 also studied in the classroom.

NOTE: This course includes a laboratory component during the morning of the Saturday of the first week of class.  Please dress in comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing.  Please also bring a camera to take photographs during the laboratory component.

Objectives:  To provide concepts and practical techniques on aircraft investigation methodology.

Who Should Attend:  Persons associated with aircraft accident investigation including manufacturers, operators, associations, insurers, air carriers, government agencies, law enforcement and military.

Course Outline

  1. Investigations
    • Introduction and History
    • Authority and Theory
    • Principles of Investigation
    • Initial Actions
    • Site Safety
    • Preliminary Field Investigations
    • Investigation of Aircraft Fires
    • Reciprocating Engines and Propellers
    • Gas Turbine Engines
    • Systems Investigation
    • Inflight Breakup and Midair Collisions
    • Technical Assistance
    • Analysis and Report Writing
    • Flight Data Recorders
    • Cockpit Voice Recorders
  2. Technology
    • Understanding Aircraft Stability
    • Wind Shear - Aerodynamics
    • Metal and Composite Materials
    • Types of Material Failures
    • Identifying Failures in the Field
  3. Human and Biomedical Factors
    • Human Factors
    • The Behavioral Anatomy of an Aircraft Accident
    • Aeromedical Role in Investigation
  4. Media Relations
    • Overview of Strategy
    • Message Development and Thought Process
  5. Use of Techniques, Practical Application
  6. Critique and Analysis of Potential Situations
  7. The Role and Reality of Media in Accident Investigation

Course Duration:  10 Days, including Saturday morning of the first week.

Click here for current class schedules