Safety Assessments at Aerodromes

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Silke Corleisen
Silke CorleisenHead of Training
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A safety assessment, also referred to as “aeronautical study”, “safety case” or “risk assessment”, is an integral part of risk management and Safety Management Systems. According to ICAO and EASA, safety assessments are required to address safety concerns in case of non-compliances or deviations from regulations as well as prior the implementation of changes in operations or infrastructure.

This 4-day course (virtual classroom 3 days with reduced daily training hours), designed for all persons involved in airport safety, focusses on providing the theoretical background and showing the practical applications of safety assessments. Beginners to this topic have the chance to learn and train the steps of a safety assessment. More experienced safety practitioners may learn new techniques for hazard identification and the assessment of risk. Both will benefit from insights provided by group work and discussions. The course provides the relevant basics and a selection of more advanced techniques. With this information package, proficiency will be achieved by practical application of the techniques in day to day work.

After an overview of the applicable regulations, attendees will learn the main techniques for conducting a safety assessment. More advanced qualitative as well as quantitative methods will be introduced which are used for more complex safety assessments. Practical airport-related exercises will be conducted to cover the different steps of a safety assessment. Furthermore, case studies serve to illustrate the application range of safety assessments at different levels of complexity.


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

Course Details

Location: In-house
Language: German or English
Duration: 4 days

Course Content

Regulatory requirements related to (Safety) Management Systems frameworks, Aeronautical Studies and safety assessments

  • ICAO (Annex 19, Safety Management Manual Doc 9859, PANS-Aerodromes, etc.)
  • EASA (ADR Regulatory Requirements – overview, flexibility tools: Equivalent Level of Safety - ELoS, Special Condition, DAAD)

Introduction to risk management and safety assessment steps

  • System description
  • Hazard identification
  • Risk analysis
  • Risk assessment
  • Mitigation of risk

Hazard identification

  • Creative approach to identification of hazards
  • Systematic approach to identification of hazards

Risk analysis

  • Analysis of damage and frequency of the consequence of a hazard
  • Assessment of risk applying a risk matrix

Introduction to diverse methodologies for the analysis of risk

  • Event tree analysis
  • Fault tree analysis
  • Functional hazard analysis
  • Bow-tie-analysis

Management of mitigation measures

  • Identification of measures
  • Evaluation of effectiveness of mitigation measures

Exercises for the application of selected analysis methods

  • Identification of hazards
  • Analysis of frequency of risks
  • Assessing the severity of consequences
  • Identification of mitigation measures and estimation of their effectiveness

Case studies based on airport projects

  • Obstacles in the strip of a runway
  • Non-compliant runway end safety area


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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