This page contains my current Aircraft System Safety training/lecture portfolio.
My modular approach allows each course to be configured based on the specific needs of the audience, as well as the gradual build-up of a core competence for safety practitioners.

Please download our FULL TRAINING MODULE INDEX.  To arrange for a training package to be presented, tailer which modules you are interested in from the index and contact us for further information or for a quote.

The following modules provide high level Safety Assessment and Safety Case awareness training.  These modules are of particular interest to managers who need to resource, control and manage safety deliverables.  It also sets the safety foundation for Project Managers, Engineering Directors, Chief Designers, System Engineers, Design Engineers and Safety Practitioners.

  • Module 1.1:  Introduction to Safety Cases
    • as used in MIL-STD-882 and Def Stan 00-56
  • Module 1.2:  Introduction to System Safety Assessments
    • as used for FAR25.1309 compliance
  • Module 1.3:  Safety Case vs Safety Assessments
    • challenges and solutions for using different safety criteria
    • how to combine the two approaches in a manner which benefits industry and the customer
  • Module 1.4: The Legal Framework
    • Product Safety and the Law: Implications on Engineers and Managers
  • Module 1.5:  Safety Management Systems
    • What is an SMS
    • Why do we need?
    • How do we achieve it cost effectively?

These training modules go into more detail by exploring case studies,  These are of interest to Engineering Directors, Chief Designers, System Engineers, Design Engineers, Safety Practitioners and Safety Managers

The first 3 modules are also of interest to pilots and are meant to demonstrate just how the safety assessment/case outputs can be usefull to ensure safety at the sharp end:

  • Module 2.1: Failure Probability estimation in Avionic Systems
    • Apply Safety Criteria to a typical avionic modification.
    • From the failure severity, deduce a safety target and show what is involved in meeting that target (via FTA case study).
  • Module 2.2  Misleading Avionics
    • Explore the safety effects of misleading instruments.
    • Show how the Safety Assessment can assist in fault diagnostics and generation of Flight Reference Cards.
    • Accident video and discussion.
  • Module 2.3: Failure Probability estimation in Mechanical Systems
    • Link structural integrity to the System Safety Assessment
    • Prove safety target accomplishment for mechanical systems (qualitative vs quantitative).
    • Maintenance philosophy vs safety
    • Introduce "Fail Safe" Concept.
    • Show how the Safety Assessment influences/relies on maintenance procedures
    • Accident video and discussion
  • Module 2.4: Certification of Integrated Modular Systems
    • Trends in Avionic Integration  (Single System Architecture; Integrated System Architecture;  Integrated Modular System Architecture)
    • IMA Certification (Regulatory Compliance; Safety Assessment; Design guidance)
  • Module 2.5:  Airworthiness Certification
    • Module 2.5.1: Airworthiness & Safety
    • Module 2.5.2: Civil Airworthiness Certification
      • Module  ICAO (History, Aims and Objectives; The 18 Annexes; ICAO and the National Authorities; Airworthiness)
      • Module  Civil National Authorities (Origins; Intro to FAA; Intro to EASA; Intro to UK CAA; Intro to Hong Kong CAD, etc)
      • Module  Civil Regulatory Framework (Why regulations;  Civil Regulatory approach;  Steps to rulemaking;   FAA Regulatory Structure; EASA Regulatory Structure)
      • Module  Type Certification of Transport Aircraft (The Type Certificate; The Type Certificate Holder;  Changes in Type Design;  Supplemental Type Certificate;  Type Certification of imported products;  Transfer of a Type Certificate; Repairs)
      • Module  EASA Part 21 Type Certification Process (Rrules and applicability; Nine steps of the EASA Certification Process)
      • Module  FAA Type Certification Process
      • Module  Type Certificates  (TCs, RTCs, STCs and changes to them)
      • Module  Complaince Demonstration (Layout of Regulatory Requirements; Compliance Management; Independent Verification;  Approach and Process)
      • Module  Environmental Qualification of components and LRUs (Introduction; RTCA/DO-160 requirements; Evaluation Process)
      • Module  Part 21 Design Organisation Approval ( Part 21 Overview; Part J DOA; The Design Assurance System; The Handbook; A-DOA requirements)
      • Module  Parts and Appliance Approval (Introduction; FAA Approach; EASA Approach; Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) considerations)
      • Module  Repair Approval  (Definitions; Case study; EASA Repair Approval; FAA Repair Approval)
      • Module  Technical Standing Orders  (Parts and Appliance Approval; What is a TSO;  Applicable regulations;  ETSO Approval;  TSO Approval; HTSO Approval; etc)
      • Module  Certificate of Airworthiness
    • Module 2.5.3:  Military Airworthiness Certification

These modules go into significant depth and are more suited for safety practitioners (i.e. Safety Engineers and Safety Managers):

  • Module 3.1:   Safety Strategies in Goal Structured Notation
  • Module 3.2:   Fundtional Hazard Analysis
  • Module 3.3:   Fault Tree Analysis
  • Module 3.4:   Common Cuase Analysis
  • Module 3.5:   Particularr Risk Analysis
  • Module 3.6:   Zonal Safety Analysis
  • Module 3.7:   FME(C)A and FMES
  • Module 3.8:   Failure Probability Theory
  • Module 3.9:   Dependence Diagrams
  • Module 3.10: Markov Analysis  (reserved)
  • Module 3.11:  Software Development Levels (reserved)
  • Module 3.12:  Hardware Development Levels
  • Module 3.13:  Human Facors (reseved)
  • Module 3.14:  Operating & Support Analysis
  • Module 3.15:  Health Hazard Assessment

These modules are aimed at the general public, but are also of interest to safety practisioners:

  • Module 4.1: Future of Aviation Safety
  • Trends
  • Causes
  • Super safety (<1E-9)
  • How to improve safety
  • New technologies
  • Module 4.2: Fuel Tank Flammability Protection - A summary of the latest developments andinitiatives surrounding the prevention of fuel tank explosions. Content of the presentationincludes:
    • History
    • Civil and Military Requirement
    • Fuel Tank Protection Options
    • Comparing Ignition Mitigation Means with Flammability Reduction Means
    • Challenges using bleed air system
    • Future Integrated Fire Protection initiatives
  • Module 4.3: An Introduction to Business Cases. Providing engineers with the financial toolkit tounderstand or build a Business Case/Investment Appraisal for a new product/venture. Topics include:
    • Discounted Cash Flow
    • Net Present Value
    • Setting sales price and profit margins
    • Market Analysis and Market Share
    • Factoring in recurring and non recurring costs
    • Factoring in Risk
    • Profit Before Interest and Tax (PBIT)
    • Tax Credits (UK)
    • Allocation of Overheads
    • Profit Margin and Return on Capital Employed (ROCE))
  • Module 4.4: How Aeroplaces Fly (Aimed at encouraging children to take an interest in engineering. Suitable age 10-14. Talk and practical (fun) demonstrations on the following topics:
    • What is lift
    • Flying by floating in air
    • Moving forward in air
    • Flying an aeroplane
    • Powered fligh
    • How helicopters fly
    • Air Navigation

Feedback & Testimonial

“Duane has certainly improved the standard of our SSAs. This would not have been possible without his training onsite and workshops. Thank you!”

Luke Edward

Qantas Head of Design

“If you have not taken Duane’s System Safety Course you are missing out. Great instructor and well prepared Course that is immediately useful”

Bragi Baldursson

“Duane helped our Team develop an understanding of SSA through onsite training. At the end of each training day some Team Members spent additional time with Duane and restructured the Initial SSA using Duane’s methods in a much more Meaningful and easier to use SSA. As a result, assessing proposed aircraft changes and the impact is made simpler”


“The trainer is very good and knowledgeable. There were many Case Studies for Reference and Training.”

Section Head

RSA, Singapore