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KU Aerospace Short Course Program

Commercial Aircraft Safety Assessment and 1309 Design Analysis

Instructor: Marge Jones
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Course Schedule

June 5-9, 2017, Denver Colorado

Early registration course fee: $2,495 if you register and pay by April 21, 2017

Regular registration course fee: $2,695 if you register and pay after April 21, 2017

Denver Lodging and Travel Information

November 13-17, 2017, Orlando, Florida

Early registration course fee: $2,495 if you register and pay by September 29, 2017

Regular registration course fee: $2,695 if you register and pay after September 29, 2017

Orlando Lodging and Travel Information

You can also bring this course to your workplace. Learn more about our on-site program.


This course provides the practical knowledge of system safety requirements of 14 CFR 2X.1309 regulation, from fundamental philosophies and criteria to the analysis techniques to accomplish safety requirement identification, validation and verification. It includes detailed review of SAE ARP 4761 and system safety aspects of ARP 4754A, including allocation of safety requirements and assigning development assurance levels. Principles apply to all types of commercial aircraft certification and may also be adapted for any system safety activity.

Course includes instruction, a course notebook, a CD of references materials, SAE ARP 4754A–Guidelines for Development of Civil Aircraft and Systems, SAE ARP 4761–Guidelines and Methods for Conducting the Safety Assessment Process on Civil Airborne Systems and Equipment, SAE ARP 5580–Recommended Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Practices for Non-Automobile Applications, refreshments and lunches. The course notes are for participants only and are not for sale.

**U.S. Federal Employee Discount: This course is available to federal employees at a 10% off the registration fee. To receive the federal employee discount, enter the code fgvt116 when registering. Please note that you must validate your eligibility to receive this discount by entering your U.S. government email address ending with .gov or .mil.


  • Detailed review of the 14 CFR2X.1309 regulation and what it requires
  • Overview of the SAE ARP 4761 Safety Assessment process for commercial aviation
  • Overview of the SAE ARP 4754A Development Process focused to system safety aspects
  • Aircraft and system functional hazard assessments
  • Preliminary system safety assessments
  • Failure rate prediction techniques
  • Failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) and summary (FMES)
  • Fault tree analysis concepts
  • Common cause analysis
  • System safety assessments
  • Tailoring the safety process for modifications
  • Safety analysis and information required to support development of certification plans
  • Guidelines for preparing 1309 safety related compliance statements

Who Should Attend?

Designed for Parts 23, 25, 27 and 29 system certification engineers, system designers, FAA Designated Engineering Representatives (DERs), aircraft certification personnel, system safety specialist new to commercial certification safety process and military personnel procuring civil equipment.

Times / CEUs

31.50 classroom hours
3.150 CEUs

Certificate Tracks

Aerospace Compliance, Aircraft Maintenance and Safety, Avionics and Avionic Components, Electrical Wiring Interconnection System (EWIS)

Learning Objectives

  • What is System Safety and the basic principles used to evaluate it
  • What the 14CFR2X.1309 regulations require to show compliance
  • The various safety analysis techniques that are used to show compliance to each aspect of 14CFR2X.1309, and how they are integrated together, with system development, and with other engineering disciplines
  • How to adapt the system safety process when modifying an existing aircraft
  • Lessons learned when specifying, generating, or reviewing safety documentation

Course Outline

Day One

  • System safety basics including accident statistics/data, system safety vs. reliability concepts, and understanding the 1309 regulation
  • Overview of the SAE ARP 4761 Safety Assessment process for commercial aviation
  • Determining the required level of safety analysis required

Day Two

  • Aircraft and System Functional Hazard Assessments including class exercise
  • Overview of the SAE ARP 4754A Development Process focused to capture, validation, and verification of safety requirements using safety assessment techniques
  • System architecture concepts, modeling failure conditions from proposed architecture, and assigning development assurance levels including SAE ARP 4754A Guidelines for Development of Civil Aircraft and Systems

Day Three

  • Preliminary System Safety Assessments and allocating safety requirements including common mode mitigations and physical safety requirements (zonal)
  • Tailoring the safety process for modifications (STCs)
  • Failure rate prediction techniques and class exercise
  • Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)/Failure Mode Effects Summary (FMES)

Day Four and Day Five

  • Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) concepts, modeling techniques and examples, calculating probabilities, importance measures and software tools
  • Class FMEA and FTA exercise
  • Common cause analysis technique: particular risk, zonal and common mode with review of ARP4761 examples
  • System safety assessment
  • Safety analysis and information required to support development of Certification Plans
  • Guidelines for preparing 1309 safety-related compliance statements

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On-site Contact Information

To learn about bringing a course to your workplace, contact Sarah Williams, on-site program manager, for a no-cost, no-obligation proposal.
Email ProfessionalPrograms@ku.edu
Phone 913-897-8782

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