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Aircraft System Safety
Military and Civil Aeronautical Applications
by Duane Kritzinger

Providing a foundation for understanding this dynamic and evolving field, Aircraft System Safety explores methods for developing large transport aircraft systems. The book describes safety criteria, including objective targets which can be achieved or monitored and outlines the methods involved in auditing arguments.

Aircraft System Safety covers system integration and how best to argue a system's integrity, and the practical aspects of safety, such as integrating safety assessment into a product's design and life cycle and meeting stakeholder expectations.


  • Covers how to integrate safety assessment into a product's design and lifecycle and meeting stakeholders expectations
  • Draws on diverse sources to provide a wealth of concepts, tools and approaches
  • Brings the theory of aircraft system safety together into a useful reference


Safety within the Legal Framework

  • Civil Liability
  • Sentencing Trends
  • Organizational Responses
  • Implications on the Engineer

The Safety Concept

  • Understanding Safety
  • The Importance of Safety
  • Safety Segments
  • Ensuring Safety

Standards and Regulations

  • Airworthiness
  • Source of Regulations
  • Civil Regulatory Authorities
  • Military Regulatory Authorities
  • Health and Safety Regulations
  • The Impact on Organizations
  • The Impact on Safety Management Systems

Risk Based Approach

  • Defining Risk
  • Assessing Risk
  • Managing the Risk
  • Summarising the Risk-Based Approach

Goal Based Approach

  • Probability Targets vs Failure Severity Levels
  • Severity and Probability
  • Summary
  • Combining the Risk- and Goal Based Criteria


  • Understanding Hazards and their Causes
  • Identifying Hazards
  • Assessing Hazards
  • Equipment Failure and Faults
  • Hazards of a Normal Functioning System
  • Systemic Failures
  • Assessment Approach
  • Precedence of Hazard Resolution
  • Safety Assessment Tools and Techniques

The Fail Safe Dimension

  • Defences Against Failure
  • Fail Sage Principles
  • Applying Fail-Safe Principles

The Safety Assessment

  • Aims and Objective of a System Assessment
  • The System and its Relationship to Safety
  • Planning the Safety Assessment Process
  • Modelling the Safety Assessment Process
  • Generating the System Safety Assessment Reports

The Safety Case

  • Developing the Requirement
  • Core Component
  • The Safety Case Report

Numerical Probabilistic Approach

  • The Fundamental Concepts
  • Applied Quantitative Assessment
  • Assessment Process
  • Specific Issues of Concern
  • Determining Failure Rates of Basic Events

Minimum Equipment Lists

  • The Concept of MEL
  • Generic Approach
  • Process
  • Equipment Included in an MMEL/MEL

The Safety Management System

  • What is a Safety Management System?
  • Safety Culture
  • Developing a Safety Management System

Concluding Observations

  • Aviation Trends
  • Safety Assessments/Safety Cases
  • New Technologies
  • Safety Engineering Competence
  • Safety Culture
  • Impact on Projects


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Aircraft System Safety
Military and Civil Aeronautical Applications
by Duane Kritzinger

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