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Course Descriptions

Aeromedical

Purpose: This course teaches Aviation Safety Officers (ASOs) about the major underlying human factors issues associated with aircraft mishaps. The Aeromedical portion covers topics in four broad areas:
  • Aeromedical Factors in Mishap Prevention
  • The Flight Surgeons role in Mishap Investigation
  • The Flight Surgeons role in Mishap Reporting
  • Flight Surgeon Support of the ASO

Fixed Wing Aerodynamics

 

Purpose: This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of fixed-wing aerodynamics, with emphasis on aerodynamic principles and aircraft performance. This course will assist the Aviation Safety Officer (ASO) in establishing a mishap prevention program in the squadron, as well as, identify increased risk factors associated with routine flight operation during the ORM process. Additionally, should the need arise; the ASO will be able to perform detailed aerodynamic analysis during the deliberation phase of mishap investigations.

Rotary Wing Aerodynamics

 
Purpose: This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of rotary-wing aerodynamics, with emphasis on aerodynamic principles and aircraft performance. Aviation Safety Officers will be able to use the knowledge gained in this course to develop aerodynamics classes for squadron training events, identify aerodynamics related risk factors during the Operational Risk Management process, and perform detailed aerodynamic analysis during the deliberation phase of mishap investigations.

 

Human Factors

Purpose: This course teaches Aviation Safety Officers (ASOs) about the major underlying human factors issues associated with aircraft mishaps.

 

Investigations

Purpose: This course provides the student with an understanding of Aircraft Mishap Investigation and the methods by which these incidents are promulgated to other operators of same and similar aircraft. This course assists the Aviation Safety Officer (ASO) in establishing a mishap prevention program in the squadron by discussing real world scenarios of aircraft mishaps. The core of the course is an instructional overview of the investigation process and follow-on "hands-on" series of mini investigations via laboratory for the purpose of preparing the student to perform his or her role as a program manager/squadron safety officer.
Given a defined Naval aircraft mishap or hazard, the student will be able to:
  1. determine the appropriate investigation
  2. initiate the appropriate action to safely collect, document and preserve all evidence, minimizing additional damage
  3. determine sources of technical assistance
  4. analyze the evidence in order to provide recommendations which will prevent its reoccurrence, as delineated in OPNAVINST 3750 and the Technical Manual Safety Investigation Volumes One and Two.

Programs

Purpose: The Aviation Safety Programs course is designed to prepare Aviation Safety Officers (ASOs) to assist Commanding Officers in conducting an aggressive mishap prevention program. This course provides ASOs with an awareness and understanding of the various ideas, methodologies, and techniques used to promote a proactive safety management program within one's command in order to sustain the highest level of safety awareness and combat readiness.

 

Reporting

Purpose: This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of Aircraft Mishap Investigation and the methods by which these incidents are promulgated to other operators of same and similar aircraft. This course is to assist the Aviation Safety Officer (ASO) in establishing a mishap prevention program in the squadron by discussing real world scenarios of aircraft mishaps.
The core of the course is a chapter-by-chapter examination of "The Naval Aviation Safety Program" (or
OPNAVINST 3750 ) in order to prepare the students to perform in their role as unit safety program manager and squadron safety officer.

 

Structures

Purpose: This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of aero-structures, emphasizing fundamental principles, terminology, factors that may cause mishaps. Knowledge gained in this course will improve the Aviation Safety Officer's ability to recognize and evaluate hazards which relate to aero-structures, to manage risks which result, to teach structural fundamentals to their squadron, and, if things go wrong, to assist in the investigation of mishaps.

 

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