This workshop has been developed to provide delegates with a practical experience of conducting a System Safety Assessment (SSA) on an aircraft.

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The course starts with classroom based teaching of the fundamental techniques of conducting a System Safety Assessment, such as Functional Hazard Assessment (FHA), Enhanced Fault Tree Analysis (EFTA), Failure Mode and Effect analysis (FMEA), and Zonal Safety Analysis (ZSA). The course then continues with the delegates conducting an SSA on the aircraft's fuel system. This group based applied SSA includes the application of the taught techniques, the writing of the SSA report, and the oral presentation of the key findings.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 25 - 29 Jan 2021
  • Duration1 week
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost

    £1,735 The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately.

    Concessions available

Course structure

The course takes the form of a series of hands-on tutorials to describe the process and techniques involved, over 4.5 days. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

What you will learn

You will carry out safety analyses on a system installed on an aircraft using drawings, schematics and the actual aircraft as appropriate. These analyses will form an integral part of the workshop objective of producing a comprehensive System Safety Assessment. You will work in groups to carry out the System Safety Assessment and will use various methods including the following safety analysis techniques. At the end of the workshop each delegate will present the results of all team work.

Core content

  • Functional Hazard Assessment (FHA): The FHA exercise will identify the critical failure conditions of the system. Each group will classify the failure conditions in accord with the 25.1309 categories and identify the analysis techniques most appropriate to each.
  • Particular Risks: The Particular Risks appropriate to the system and its installation will also be considered as appropriate.
  • Enhanced Fault Tree Analysis (EFTA): The groups will carry out an Enhanced Fault Tree Analysis for the failure conditions identified by the FHA as being appropriate to this analytical technique.
  • Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA): This exercise will use existing system drawings in order to perform FMEA on the aircraft system.
  • Zonal Safety Analysis: Delegates will carry out a Zonal Safety Analysis on the aircraft zones in which the system is installed.

Who should attend

The course is designed for personnel from all parts of the aviation industry although it will be of particular value to those working for manufacturers, suppliers, operators and aviation authorities who are concerned with the design, reliability, safety or certification of aircraft systems.


This course is presented in association with RGW Cherry and Associates.


The course is presented by Ray Cherry (Visiting Fellow) and Maurice James of RGW Cherry & Associates.


Group Discount: Where more than three delegates are booking from within one site or one organisation, a discount for the course is offered. Please ask about discount scheme at time of booking. Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.