Applied Safety Assessments at Aerodromes

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Jenny Bradley
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Many aeronautical issues can trigger a safety assessment, e.g. non-compliances, deviations from regulations and changes in operations or infrastructure. Most applications are of a proactive nature but operational risk assessments of occurrences on a daily basis are just as important.

Even though a range of guidelines describes theoretical methodologies for safety assessments, numerous challenges remain for the responsible safety personnel, i.e. how to get started, how to turn theory into practical applications and how to balance an effective safety assessment with available resources. The selection of the most suitable method will strongly depend on the complexity of the subject to be assessed. 

This 3-day course is a combination of interactive classroom training and workshops aimed at personnel from all airport safety-related fields and demonstrates proven and practicable ways of how to conduct safety assessments successfully - specifically in an aerodrome environment. 

A series of customisable case studies - ranging from small-scale risk assessments to complex safety assessments in the context of large projects, changes or major deviations (such as airside construction works or non-compliant runway safety areas) - enables participants to practice and discuss airport related safety concerns with experienced trainers who are active in the industry as well as within a group of peers. 

The course complements airsight’s “Safety Assessments at Aerodromes” training, but prior participation in a course is not a prerequisite. Participants would however benefit from previous basic knowledge of airport operations and safety principles. 


Please note: This course can also be booked as an in-house version in German - however, the course material is only available in English.

Course Details

Location: In-house
Language: German or English
Duration: 3 days

Course Content

Brief introduction to Safety Assessment and most prominent methods

  • Purpose, necessity and triggers of Safety Assessments
  • Structure of a Safety Assessment
  • Practicable methods for Safety Assessments at Aerodromes
  • Differentiation between reactive and proactive safety assessments

Applied Safety Assessment Process

  • Step by step guided and joint elaboration on the basis of airport related examples
    • System Description
    • Identification of hazards and assessment of risk
    • Derivation of Mitigation Measures and evaluation of effectiveness
    • Documentation

Training for application of Safety Assessment at Aerodromes 

  • Practical group exercises on common challenges/subjects at airports applying the introduced approaches for conducting Safety assessment
    • Creative (brainstorming) and systematic approach (process orientated)
    • Detailed discussion and feedback of exercise results
  • Covered topics (among others)
    • Apron processes
    • Airside construction works 
    • Jet blast
    • Runway incursion 


Lydia Schuppe, M.Eng.

Lydia is part of airsight’s consulting team and contributes with her extensive knowledge in flight and airport operations as well as aircraft systems. Holding a Master’s degree in aeronautical management as a complement to a Bachelor’s degree in aviation systems engineering, she also underwent an airline transport pilot training at former Lufthansa Flight Training.

At airsight Lydia conducted several safety assessments for international airports (e.g. Luxembourg, Dublin, Dubai) involving topics like runway incursion, infrastructural non-compliances and operational issues.

Jan Walther, Dipl.-Ing.

Jan works at airsight in the quality of airsight’s aviation consultant and has extensive expertise in airport operations. He has particularly been involved in complex topics such as runway operations, apron management and air traffic services, ground handling and safety management systems.

In the last few years, he conducted several comprehensive safety assessments – notably on behalf of Dubai Airports – on different specific subjects related for instance to low visibility operations, parallel runway operations and jet blast issues. Jan’s competencies enable him to closely work with air traffic controllers, pilots, operational staff, as well as authorities. Furthermore, Jan is an auditor for SMS and an experienced trainer on auditing in aviation and other safety related topics.

Target Group

  • Aerodrome safety managers
  • Aerodrome quality and compliance managers
  • Aerodrome safety deputies / safety team members
  • Aerodrome operations managers and duty officers
  • Civil Aviation Authorities staff
  • Air Traffic Control staff
  • Ground handling staff

Organisational Details

airsight offers this training course on request, worldwide. At the end of the course, all participants will receive an airsight certificate based on EASA training regulations, which is highly recognized throughout the aviation industry.

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