|Understanding and Supporting Aircraft Accident Investigation and Reconstruction|
|I.D. #||C1143||Duration||2 Days|
Aircraft accident and incident investigations should be supported by all
engineering disciplines and departments involved with design, manufacturing,
certification, and field operations. For individuals called upon to serve as
advisors or technical representatives to official aircraft accident
investigation (AAI) teams, an understanding of accident and wreckage
reconstruction methodologies and processes is critical to success in this
This two-day seminar will begin with basic investigative philosophies and
procedures. The instructor will then guide participants through various basic
data gathering methods that cover specific types of accident investigations,
which include human factors, crashworthiness, fire and explosions, in-flight
breakups, and mid-air collisions. Presentations are based on actual accidents
and real-life investigation experiences and AAI case studies are integrated
throughout the course to provide participants the knowledge required to
effectively support aircraft accident and wreckage reconstruction.
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:
|Who Should Attend|
| This course will benefit individuals seeking a fundamental understanding
of the aircraft accident and wreckage reconstruction process, particularly
engineers within the aerospace industries that may be called upon to serve in a
supportive role as a technical advisor to an official aircraft accident
| Participants should have an aviation related technical background and at least a general understanding of the aviation industry.
Note: AAI case studies are integrated throughout the course.
|Instructor(s):||Donald F. Knutson|
| Over the past 26+ years, Mr. Knutson has conducted hundreds of field investigations on domestic and foreign accidents involving various models of civilian and military aircraft. He is President of Knutson Aviation Services (KAS, founded in 2002), a consulting firm specializing in aircraft accident and wreckage reconstruction, airframe and powerplant system failure analysis, and air safety education and research. Mr. Knutson has taught graduate and continuing education courses on aircraft accident investigation for the Wichita State University (Wichita, KS) Aerospace Engineering program and Lewis University Aviation programs (Romeoville, IL). For Boeing's military operations in Wichita, he instructed engineers in basic and advanced topics on supporting U.S. Air Force crash investigations. Prior to starting KAS, Mr. Knutson was with The Boeing Company as a Flight Test Engineer where he evaluated fuel system designs and remote aerial refueling operations for the 767 Tanker program. Mr. Knutson also served as Director of Aviation for a forensics engineering firm where he provided aircraft accident investigation consulting and business development. Mr. Knutson's experience also includes Senior Engineer and Air Safety Investigator for Beech Aircraft Company where he was the engineering liaison between Beech and the NTSB, the FAA, and foreign government investigators. He served as a Designated NTSB Representative for several international accidents and helped train new air safety investigators during field investigations. He performed airframe and powerplant (turbine and piston) system inspections, wreckage reconstruction, and metallurgical examinations; and evaluated issues regarding structural failure and dynamics/flutter, and crashworthiness and survivability issues. Mr. Knutson is a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI). He is an FAA-certified pilot and Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (Lafayette, LA).
|Fees:||$1370||SAE Members*:||$1096 - $1233|
| * The appropriate SAE Member discount will be applied through the Registration process. Discounts vary according to level of membership: Elite Member 20%; Premium Member 15%; Classic Member 10%