Investigation Total Immersion

Investigation Course

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Investigation Total Immersion is a “hands on” course where attendees conduct an aircraft accident investigation from beginning to end. Attendees will be immersed in an investigation, work in teams and learn by doing. The investigation will be based on an actual accident recreated in the crash lab and consist of airframe, engines, and complex systems. There will be a team of SCSI instructors. The course is fast paced and intensive. This course will involve attendees in all elements of an aircraft accident investigation under ICAO Annex 13, and ICAO Document 9756, vol 4.

During the course each attendee will work within a team to conduct wreckage examination, participate in deliberations, and prepare an abbreviated accident investigation report to include fully developed findings, determination of causes and specific recommendations to prevent recurrence. Attendees will receive basic aircraft information, utilize aircraft specific additional reference materials and technical evaluations and visit wreckage in the SCSI crash lab. Each investigation team will present and defend their report to the SCSI instructional team.

Who Should Attend

This course is for individuals who will conduct aircraft accident investigations, either as a primary investigator, a group leader, or as a party to the investigation. The course assumes the participant will have taken at least a basic aircraft accident investigation course from a recognized source or has participated in sufficient accident/incident investigations to assure understanding of investigation procedure and techniques. (Basic investigation procedures and techniques will not be taught in this course).

How You Will Benefit

  • Attendees will conduct an aircraft accident investigation in its entirety from notification of an accident, through hands on investigation of actual wreckage, to presenting and defending the accident report.
  • The Board of Certified Safety Professionals accepts this course for Continuation of Certification Credit.
  • SCSI will award 6.4 CEUs to each participant who successfully completes this course.

Course Topics

Aircraft accident notification and preliminary information. Formation of the aircraft accident investigation team. Managing an investigation. Team examination of aircraft wreckage with consultations with instructors who provide technical assistance. (Includes two dedicated laboratory days with access to aircraft wreckage, and up to two additional half-day visits to the laboratory as each team requires.) Review of factual data and technical evaluations. Formulation of hypotheses and deliberations within the team. Developing findings. Determining Causes. Writing Recommendations. Preparation of an abbreviated aircraft accident report with findings, causes and recommendations. Presenting and defending reports and recommendations.

Course Administration

This course is being conducted in Southern California and is available by contract only. It consists of 8 training days (64 hours of classroom as well as the SCSI Crash Laboratory experience). The course begins on Friday at 1300 and continues through the weekend and the following week without interruption and ends at noon on the final class day. The Course Classroom will be available 24 hours a day to attendee teams. Attendees receive a course outline, additional reference materials and a Certificate of Completion. The classes begin daily at 0800 except for the first class day. To register for this course, please contact SCSI. (A laptop computer is highly desirable for this course).