Aviation Safety – AVIA 300

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides the student with a detailed introduction into aspects of aviation safety, risk management, and the associated components of pilot psychology, human factors and accident trends, factors and analysis. Students will explore and develop their identity as an aviation leader as it relates to safety.




Safety is important in every aspect of aviation, and pilots and maintainers are an integral part of creating a culture of safety in their aircrafts and organizations. Considering this, the aviation student must learn all aspects of safety and understand how different agencies work together to lower accident rates.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe safety concepts.
  2. Examine aircraft accident reports while applying lessons learned to current operations.
  3. Apply the principles of aviation safety programs to his/her organization.
  4. Discuss the merits of aviation safety objectives.
  5. Explain the different accident prevention methodologies.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, after reading the topic for each forum, the student will post a thread. In addition to the thread, the student will post replies of to 2 other students’ threads.

Book Report

The student will write a report with a 2-page body on either the FAA Risk Management Handbook or the FAA Operator’s Manual: Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance (download free from FAA.gov). The report must use current APA format and include a title page and a reference page that cites the Handbook or Operator’s Manual and any additional sources, if utilized.

Final Paper Outline

The student will write a 1-page outline for the Final Paper. The outline must introduce the topic that the student is writing about, outline the main points of the paper (include 3–4 sub-topics), and a conclusion (include personal/biblical view).

PowerPoint Presentation

The student will submit a PowerPoint presentation based on the accident of aircraft N200WQ, Colgan Airlines Flight 3407 on February 12, 2009 or N963AS, Alaska Airlines Flight 261 on January 31, 2000. Information about these accidents can be found in the NTSB database (link provided in the course) and other resources. The presentation must include a discussion of the pilot’s experience and maintenance practices, details of the accident, causal factors, and a professional recommendation for how the crash could have been avoided. The integration of YouTube links and other graphics is encouraged. The presentation must be 10–20 slides. Any references cited must be formatted according to current APA style.

Final Paper

The student will write a final paper with a 3 to 5-page body on a topic that is related to aviation safety (either on the ground or in the air). The paper must be written in Microsoft Word, adhere to current APA format, include a title page, abstract, and a reference page. It must cite at least 3 academic resources (books, journals, articles, etc.). Within the conclusion, the student will present a biblical verse/personal view to the reader. A sample paper is provided in order to show how the paper must be structured.

Quizzes (7)

The student will complete 7 open-book, open-notes quizzes. These assessments will include 20 multiple-choice and true/false questions. Each quiz will be based on the material from the assigned module/week’s Reading & Study. The student will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete each quiz.