This course aims to provide students with an overview of the paramount importance of safety and the systems that support safety in civil aviation in Australia and internationally. Aviation and the law share some basic similarities. Safety and accident prevention is an issue that encroaches upon practically every aspect of human endeavour; none more so than within the aviation industry. This course provides an overview of the safety system of civil aviation and of the cause of organisational accidents within such complex systems.
With advancements in accident investigation research techniques, legislative initiatives and international co-operation increasing, this area of the aviation industry has contributed enormously to the very high levels of aviation safety throughout the world. If all the conditions and factors causally related to aircraft accidents could be identified in advance then “zero accidents” may well be an achievable goal. Unfortunately, history and hindsight have repeatedly proven to be the only reliable sources of such information.
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