Safety Management Systems for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (SMS for RPA)

Course Description

This Safety Management for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) course is intended for students who desire to integrate RPA operations into a safety management system. Experts from the fields of RPA Human Factors, RPA Safety Management Systems, and RPA Piloting introduce students to the theory and application unique to unmanned aircraft. By addressing the characteristics that differ between manned and unmanned air vehicles, the course applies the latest approaches to accident investigation and software safety & systems as well. Students come away with a working knowledge of the safety field pertaining to Remotely Piloted Aircraft which they can apply to their own organization’s operations and future planning.

Objectives: To provide the individual with the skills and practical knowledge  to plan, manage and maintain an effective Safety Management Strategy in the operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft to reduce accidental losses and improve safety resilience.

Who Should Attend: Individuals responsible for planning, directing or managing an aviation safety program and supervisors who are required to supervise an accident prevention/risk management program that may work with or operate Remotely Piloted Aircraft.  This includes all classifications and sizes of Unmanned Systems throughout the world – military, civilian, and public-use.

  • Dates
    29 Oct. – 2 Nov. 2018
    1-5 Apr. 2019

  • Course No.
    RPSM 19-1
    RPSM 19-2

Course Outline

1. Human Machine Interface Theory and Problems
    Crew Communication Conditions & Technological Implications to Communications
    Understanding the Unique Characteristics with RPA Operational Environments
    Automation and Flight Planning
2. ASMS Theory & Practice
    Data Acquisition & Analysis
    Organizational Risk Management for RPA
    Risk Mitigation & Analysis
    International Organization Standards & Participation
    SMS Requirements & Guidance
    Developing Hazard Identification Processes for RPA
    Organizational Risk Management for RPA
    Operations Management

3. Basics of Investigation
    Special Considerations for RPA Investigation
    Accident Investigation Techniques for RPA
    Using UAS for Accident Investigation

4. Regulatory and Operational Environment
    Basic Types & Applications – components, systems, etc.
    FAA Regulations & Legislation for RPA
    International Organization Standards & Participation
    Certificates of Authorization and Special Certificate of Airworthiness – Process and Function
    International Regulatory Framework and Development
    RPA Roadmap for Integration

5. Hands-On Exercises
    Risk Assessment Process Appplication
    Live Exercises Flight planning
    Data Acquisition & Analysis – On-site
    Organizational Risk Management for RPA – On-site
    Development of SMS for RPA OPS

Course Duration: 5.0 Days

Tuition: $2500 (July 2018 – June 2019)