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Aviation Security Program Management

Course Description:

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 stresses program management of aviation security. As an integral part of the USC Aviation Safety and Security curriculum this course demonstrates how to apply the SMS principles in the aviation security environment. This course recognizes the necessity to achieve full compliance with TSA requirements and ICAO standards, and integrates this priority into a system that reflects organizational values and mission accomplishment.

Note: This is a non-SSI course.

Objectives:  To provide individuals with the knowledge and skills to institute an aviation security management system within an organization 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
    • U.S. Regulations
    • TSA Enforcement Actions, ICAO measures 
  3. Principles of Aviation Security Management Systems 
    • Positive Leadership Culture
    • Data-based Decision Making
    • Involvement of Management
  4. Audits and Inspections 
    • Internal Audits
    • Risk Assessment Matrix
    • Synergy with ICAO and National Requirements and Inspections
  5. Practical Applications 
    • Best Practices
    • Proper Handling of Sensitive Security Information (SSI)
    • Non-regulatory Security Practices that Make Sense and Diminish Risk
    • Operating in Unfamiliar Environments
  6. Security Technologies
    • Cost Benefit
    • Emerging Technologies
  7. Threats
    • Threats to Aircraft
    • Threats to Airport
  8. Case Studies and Practical Exercise 
    • Audit of Aviation Entity
    • Application of SMS Principles

Course Duration:  4.0 Days

Tuition: $1350 (July 2015 - June. 2016), TBA (July - Dec. 2016)

Dates Course No.
Feb. 16 - 19, 2016 AVSEC 16-2
Aug. 15 - 18, 2016 AVSEC 17-1

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