Aircraft Crash Survival Investigation and Analysis

Aircraft Crash Survival Investigation and Analysis

The 5-day course entails a detailed analysis of the aircraft accident environment with particular emphasis on survivability factors.  It explores factors and forces that cause injury and examines the injury role played by impact forces and occupiable space compromises. The students will examine crashworthiness and delethalization technologies and concepts with a focus on the best ways to protect occupants during a crash.  Selected aircraft accidents will be used as case studies.  An in-depth review of basic kinematics and development of injury-related information will be completed.

About the Course

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for personnel within the professions of:

  • Aviation safety
  • Aircraft accident investigation
  • Aircraft design and/or manufacturing
  • Others involved with aviation who have an interest in crashworthiness and survivability
Key Topics
  • A review of the historical development of "crashworthiness" and "survivability" as applied to transportation.
  • An overview of the "language" and philosophy of aircraft accident survivability.
  • The study of force and motion as applied to survivability analysis-includes gathering of data, calculation of 'G' forces and related values, and completion of a kinematic evaluation of an aircraft crash.
  • Application of kinematic data to human tolerance of primary, secondary, and tertiary 'G' forces.
  • A review of basic pathology including the basic body systems, injuries, injury mechanisms, and injury consequences associated with mechanical and thermal trauma.
  • A review of basic fire science as applied to aircraft crashes and the role that fire and its byproducts play in crash survival.
  • The 'tie-down chain' including seats, seatbelts and harnesses, seat to floor attachments, and structural integrity-everything that attaches the occupant to the airplane.
  • Review of current and future technologies designed to allow occupants to egress effectively following an aircraft crash.
  • How to build an aircraft to maximize the protection of the occupants within the structural, operational, and cost constraints necessary to find the best balance between safety and competing factors.
  • How to investigate an aircraft crash from the perspective of crashworthiness and survivability.
  • Case studies utilizing the Robertson Aircraft Investigation Laboratory.
  • When: Sept. 21-25, 2015
  • Where: Embry-Riddle Prescott, AZ Campus, Robertson Aviation Safety Center I
  • Early Bird Fee (Before August 1, 2015): U.S. $1,750
  • Standard Course Fee: U.S. $2,000
  • CEU's: 2

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