Paris, 15/06/2017 – Founded in 1987, the French Institute for Aviation Safety (IFSA), a Défense Conseil International (DCI) training centre, is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. The Institute aims to promote French expertise in safety and investigation and has become a benchmark player in both civil and military aviation safety training, particularly in France. IFSA instruction is recognised by major international organisations, including the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), and the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI).
IFSA trains state investigators from various African, European, Asian, Middle-Eastern and more recently American countries. French defence industrialists, including Airbus, ATR, SAFRAN and Dassault, also use the Institute’s services.
IFSA organises courses for personnel working in the various fields of aviation safety, such as prevention, accident investigation and safety/operational risk management, human and environmental organisational factors, and crew resource management (CRM).
The instruction is provided in the context of the Safety Management System and draws on the most recent knowledge stemming from the work of ICAO, FSF and ISASI.
Course lengths vary from one to four weeks depending on the goals of the public or private companies and government authorities. They mostly take place at DCI’s headquarters in Paris, but may be provided on site or abroad on request. Participants learn practical tools (Bow tie, ARMS) and concrete methods (Reason or Swiss cheese model, HFACS, SHELL, etc.) necessary for their technical investigations and for accident prevention.
Between 10 and 20 participants from wide-ranging backgrounds attend each course to fully share their experiences and to fuel dialogue propitious to enhancing the aviation safety mindset.
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