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Aircraft Fire Hazards, Protection & Investigation Course

While commercial air transport is very safe, the advent of new technologies poses new fire safety challenges that will be treated in this series of courses: they draw upon Dr. Moussa's work in this area since 1971 as well as related courses that BlazeTech has been teaching since 1998. Lectures will include Li and Li-ion battery fires, flammability of carbon fiber and glass fiber composites, emerging aviation fluids, fuel tank fire/explosion, protection methods, engine fires, aircraft accident investigation, and fire/explosion pattern recognition.

Expect a comprehensive and unique treatment of practical fire and explosion hazards onboard aircraft. Uniqueness stems from: first, we discuss case studies with the fundamentals introduced as needed, an approach tailored to professionals. The case studies involve real accidents covering initiating events, their evolution, design issues, protection methods, systems survivability, and forensic implications. Second, we combine the discussion of real accidents with well-controlled and instrumented bench- and full-scale tests to provide confidence in the interpretation of the accident details. These tests were performed by FAA, NTSB, DOD, NASA and BlazeTech. Third, we present a unified treatment of diverse situations covering accidents, combat and terrorist attacks to broaden and deepen the knowledge of the participants so that they can handle new situations for both commercial and military aircraft.

Attendees will benefit from a grasp of:

  • Discussion of numerous real accident case studies
  • Presentation of fundamentals as needed in the cases
  • Available simplified analyses for quick answers
  • When to use such analyses vs. computer models?
  • What to ask from Subject Matter Experts?
  • Discussion of testing and accident reconstruction
  • How to assess hazards from new technologies?
  • Dynamic class exchange of current issues

Attendees receive class notes containing a wealth of key data and a certificate of completion. Course is equivalent to three Continuing Education Credit Units.

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