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Delft University of Technology

Air Safety Investigation

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In this course we will explore the challenges faced by investigators when trying to piece together the probable sequence of events. We will familiarize you with the investigative ways of thinking and forming of conclusions. In fact, you’ll learn to think and act as an air safety investigator.

Thought-provoking assignments test your observation skills, fact-finding skills and analytical skills. The assignments give you a taste of what investigators face during an investigation. Skills such as Inductive and Deductive reasoning are highlighted to explain the challenging process of air safety investigation. This professional course contains assignments, individual feedback and live online sessions.

Air safety investigations are complex and affect people from all over the world, with different backgrounds. This course is aimed at different target groups so you can experience different perspectives. We will focus on the legal framework behind air safety investigations world-wide, and the generic procedures followed when an aviation occurrence happens.

Generalist track & Expert track

As this course is for a broad group of professional learners, you have the opportunity to select assignments according to your specific professional needs. After enrolment you will receive access to the generalist track. If you are up for the challenge, we offer the expert track at no additional cost.

Safety professionals with years of relevant experience will thus have the opportunity to work on an in-depth, challenging case. This case is also open to others, if they are willing to commit their time.

The CEU certificate will specify the track type and its learning objectives.

Would this be a course for me?

This is the right course for you, if you are:

  • A professional working in aviation (such as pilots, engineering and safety staff, ground staff etc.) seeking for a more fundamental understanding of the process behind air safety investigations.
  • A safety professional interested in safety within Aviation.
  • A professional working in fields who deal with the outcomes of aviation incidents and accidents such as journalists, lawyers, psychologists.
  • Anyone who is interested in this field.

Taught by

Michiel Schuurman and Dr. Calvin Rans

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