Aircraft System Safety

Military and Civil Aeronautical Applications

Demonstrating safety for the application of ever more complex technologies is a formidable task. System engineers often do not have the appropriate training, are unfamiliar with the range of safety approaches, tools and techniques, and their managers do not know when and how these may be applied and appropriately resourced. Aircraft system safety provides a basic skill set for designers, safety practitioners, and their managers by exploring the relationship between safety, legal liability and regulatory requirements. Different approaches to measuring safety are discussed, along with the appropriate safety criteria used in judging acceptability.

A wealth of ideas, examples, concepts, tools and approaches from diverse sources and industries is used in Aircraft system safety to bring the theory of safety concisely together in a practical and comprehensive reference. Engineering students, designers, safety assessors (and their managers), regulatory authorities (especially military), customers and projects teams should find Aircraft system safety provides an invaluable guide in appreciating the context, value and limitations of the various safety approaches used in cost-effectively accomplishing safety objectives.
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Engineering students, designers, safety assessors (and their managers), regulatory authorities (especially military)


Book information

  • Published: June 2006
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84569-136-3


A must-have text for all serious practitioners of system safety. …lends itself to use by both the novice and the experienced system safety practitioner as well as being appropriate for use on both sides of the Atlantic., Terry J. Gooch CSP, FAA DER, Adjunct Professor, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
This is a very useful reference which I shall be using in my taught courses. I will recommend it as a text for future Safety Assessment courses., Simon Place, Lecturer in Air Transport Engineering, Cranfield University, UK

Table of Contents

Safety within the legal framework; The safety concept; Standards and regulations; Risk based approach; Goal based approach; Hazards; The fail safe dimension; The safety assessment; The safety case; Numerical probabilistic approach; Minimum equipment lists; The safety management system; Concluding observations.