RG603 - Airport Certification and Safety

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RG603 - Airport Certification and Safety


General objective:

After completing this module, the student will be able to :
- Explain the basic concepts of Airport Certification (European Regulatory structure)
- Take into account and explain several operational safety aspects when developing a project on an airport
- Work with Safety managers in an airport environment and explain some the SMS requirements (Safety assessment, risk management)

Detailed objectives:

After completing this module, the student will be able to :
1. Explain how European regulation is positioned compared to international (ICAO) regulation
2. Explain the Regulatory Structure and each of its components (BR, IR, AMC, GM, CS)
3. Explain the European aerodrome regulatory framework
4. Explain the purpose of Authority, Organization and Operational Requirements (AR, OR and OPS)
5. Define if European Certification is mandatory or not for a specified aerodrome
6. Find the rules related to one specific subject within the European regulatory framework
7. Identify the flexible solution (ELOS, SC, DAAD) that could be used (related to the noncompliance)
8. Give examples of problems raised by the application of European regulation (through the French situation)
9. Give potential impacts of European regulation on national regulation
10. List objectives of safety accident analysis (from a safety point of view)
11. Define the difference between Danger, risk and contributing factors
12. List the different steps in a risk management process
13. Give examples of apron hazards
14. Give examples of actions that the authority can make in the apron risk mitigation process
15. Give examples of actions that the operators can make in the apron risk mitigation process
16. Give examples of FOD consequences
17. List different maneuvering area inspections and define their related safety objectives
18. Define how airports are classified regarding Rescue and Fire Fighting services
19. List several preventing actions that can be made by the airport operator regarding Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard
20. Define in which conditions (RVR, ceiling height) LVP shall be inforce
21. Give several LVP consequences on the airport operations and activities
22. Give winter conditions consequences on the airport operations and activities as well as actions that are conducted by airport operator to mitigate related risks
23. Give examples of actions the airport operator has to do (or procedure he has to apply) for each of the SMS pillars (Safety policy, Safety Risk management, Safety Promotion, Safety assurance)
24. List recommendations or principles to apply so as to promote occurrence reporting (in the safety environment)
25. Know where information related to safety assessment can be found in the international and European regulation
26. List several situations for which safety assessments are mandatory
27. Explain the different terms : Hazards, safety event, undesirable event, safety risks, mitigation measures
28. Conduct a safety risk assessment study based on the provided documentation during the course (case study)
29. List examples of scaring means and methods
30. List examples of habitat management actions on the airport and out of the airport (to reduce bird hazards)
31. List several types of emergencies on the airport
32. Define frequencies of airport emergency exercises on the airport
33. Define the required level of protection on an airport based on provided aircraft characteristics
34. Give the regulatory requirements regarding the response time (EASA framework)
35. List several causes of runway excursions on which the airport operator can act and the Related mitigation measures
36. Explain the Runway Overrun Preventing System (how it works)
37. List the materials/equipment/works that the airport operator shall use to make part of the movement area unserviceable
38. List at least 3 safety actions the airport operator can make to improve safety during construction works
39. Give the name and content of the 4 general phases regarding constructions works
40. Give potential safety issues that might occur on an airport when works are carried out
41. Give the definition of FOD
42. Quote at least 3 types of FOD an airport operator could found on its airport
43. Give at least 3 explanations (causes of FOD creation) for the presence of FOD on an airport
44. Give the consequences of a non-optimized real-time FOD control


  • Lectures : 25.5

Form of assessment

Total assessment hours: 2

This course is part of the programme

In brief

ECTS credits : cf Teaching Unit

Number of hours 32

Teaching language



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Email : nicolas.lamballe @ enac.fr