Course Syllabus

Part 4 of the SUAS Safety Certificate Coursework: A Safety Management Perspective



The UAS Safety Management course introduces line remote pilots to a management system and culture that is at the heart of the traditional aviation industry. This unit focuses on the four pillars of a safety management system to include: safety policy, safety risk management, safety assurance, and safety promotion. This unit will explore, through exercises and readings, the process for incorporating these principles into a small UAS flight service company.



Each unit is comprised of a textbook reading (text is imbedded into the LMS), writing/research assignments, and an end of unit progress check. There are 24 graded learning events in the UAS Safety Management course:


20 Graded Assignments worth 83% of the final grade

4 Graded Progress Checks worth 17% of the final grade


All assignments and progress checks are equally weighted at 4.2% of the final grade. A learner will need to score 80% in overall course to progress to the next course of study.



Each block is approximately equivalent to 8 hours of work, to include reading, studying, and completing assignments (not including the orientation segment).



The UAS Safety Management course is divided into four units of study. Each unit varies in length and difficulty with a standardized structure consisting of required readings, assignments, and progress assessments.


UNIT 14 (Introduction to Aviation Safety) SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

14.1.Textbook reading: Introduction to Aviation Safety

Assignment: History of Aviation Safety

Assignment: Explore Aviation Safety

14.2. Textbook reading: Safety Risk Management

Assignment: Parts of the Safety Management System

Assignment: Establishing an Emergency Response Plan

14.3. Textbook reading: SMS Implementation

Assignment: Implementing a SMS

Unit 14 Progress Check


UNIT 15 (Safety Risk Management) SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

15.1.Textbook reading: Safety Risk Management

Assignment: Exploring Safety Risk Management    

Assignment: The GAR model

15.2. Textbook reading: Deliberate Risk Analyses

Assignment: Hazard Identification

Assignment: Explore Deliberate Risk Analysis

Assignment: Top Five

15.3. Textbook reading: Time Critical Risk Analyses

Assignment: Exploring Time Critical Risk Management

Unit 15 Progress Check


UNIT 16 (Safety Assurance) SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

16.1.Textbook reading: Introduction to Safety Assurance

Assignment: The Safety Assurance Process

16.2. Textbook reading: Safety Performance Monitoring and Measurement

Assignment: Safety Performance Measures

16.3. Textbook reading: Safety Performance Assessment

Assignment: Safety Performance Assessment

16.4. Textbook reading: Continuous Improvement of Safety Risk Controls and Business Process

Assignment: Continuous Improvement

Unit 16 Progress Check


UNIT 17 (Safety Promotion) SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

17.1.Textbook reading: Introduction to Safety Promotion

Assignment: Safety Promotion Definitions

17.2. Textbook reading: Training and Education

Assignment: Planning a Safety Stand Down

17.3. Textbook reading: Safety Communication

Assignment: Safety Communication

17.4. Textbook reading: Safety Climate vs. Safety Culture

Assignment: Total Safety Culture

Assignment: Safety Climate

Unit 17 Progress Check



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Here is the course outline:

1. (Unit 14) An Introduction to Aviation Safety

This unit will introduce the learner to the concepts of aviation safety. Aviation safety is borne out of a long history of tragedy and disaster. Agencies like the Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, the National Aeronautics and Space Agency, and the International Civil Aviation Organization, have consolidated the lessons learned from these disasters to create a safety management structure that will help improved UAS operations. This management structure known as SMS has four distinct parts. This unit will explore the first part known as safety policy and illustrate the steps required to implement a working SMS.

2. (Unit 15) Safety Risk Management

UAS operations are often unique, new mission sets, new locations, and new aircraft. UAS companies will need to dedicate sufficient resources to Safety Risk Management (SRM), prior to starting any new operation. SRM is a distinct process of identifying hazards, assessing risk, analyzing risk, and controlling risk. This unit will explore these topics and provide remote pilots with an understanding of both deliberate and time critical risk analysis tools.

3. (Unit 16) Safety Assurance

As the UAS industry matures, companies will be looking to increase efficacy and safety. Safety Assurance is a monitoring and feedback system to provide actionable information to the organization’s management team. This unit will introduce remote pilots to the behind the scenes data collection activities that enable the assessment of the effectiveness of safety risk controls put in place. By understanding the safety assurance process, remote pilots will be able to help inform their company’s decisions and improve their own safety records.

4. (Unit 17) Safety Promotion

The goal of all safety programs is a vibrant and positive safety culture. This last unit in the Small UAS Safety series is dedicated to understanding how companies promote safety within the organization. Learners will explore strategies to include; safety communications, training and education programs.

5. End Of Course Survey

This survey allows you to provide feedback as to the content, flow, and learning achieved in the course.