eLearning Courses

Search and Rescue Administrators

Air Traffic Services

Course Outline

This advanced course provides you with the competencies to develop, organise, manage and perform continuous improvement of an ICAO-compliant civil aviation Search and Rescue (SAR) services. You will be equipped to carry out your SAR roles effectively and efficiently in an integrated emergency response system. This course is developed in accordance with ICAO SAR manuals, the International Aeronautical and Maritime SAR Manual and the ICAO Safety Management Manual. This course is delivered via eLearning.


2 weeks

S$4,650 / US$3,600

^Fees are being reviewed and subject to change. Participants will be notified of the actual course fees when they are issued the Letter of Acceptance.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Strategise the development of a civil aviation SAR service in compliance with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices
  • Plan for the seamless integration of a civil aviation SAR service in generic national and regional emergency response services
  • Identify optimal recruiting, training and technical options to satisfy ICAO Standards
  • Competently select best available options from current trends and evolving developments in aviation SAR practices and technologies

Who Should Attend

This course is beneficial to senior-level personnel such as chiefs or deputy chiefs from civil aviation administrations, air navigation service providers, airport authorities, airlines and other related agencies or industries involved in the management
and administration of a SAR organisation or unit.


Applicants should have experience and knowledge in performing SAR functions in rescue coordination centres (RCCs).



What Is Covered

  • Administration of SAR services
    • Structure and responsibilities of ICAO and and IMO HQ regional offices
    • State civil aviation regional authorities
    • State Air Navigation Service (ANS) providing authorities
    • State and Regional Rescue Coordination Centres (RCC)
    • State and Regional mobile SAR Units of cooperating services: civil aviation, maritime and military
    • Responsibilities of counterpart emergency response providers
    • National and Regional SAR Operational Plans
    • Public relations
  • Organisation of SAR services
    • Authoritative structure
    • Consultative entities
    • Functional systems and lead agencies
    • Coordination mechanisms
    • Aeronautical and Maritime interdependence
    • RCC functions and equipment
    • Recording, reporting and communicating
    • SAR resources
  • Overview of a SAR system and its components
    • Legal framework
    • Respective authorities and responsibilities
    • Transition from sub-centres to regional centres
    • Mutual support, compatibility, standardisation, integration
    • Challenges at the interface
  • General trends and future developments in SAR
    • Borderless SAR
    • Technical cooperation
    • Use of advanced technology in SAR
  • Position fixing procedures
    • Recent ICAO aircraft positioning fixing requirements
    • Cospas-Sarsat functions and technologies
    • ELT carriage requirements
    • Autonomous Distress Alerting
    • Rescue equipment and procedures
    • Rescue within the “golden hour”
  • Communication in SAR
    • Criticality of communication
    • Language proficiency requirements
    • Minimum technical requirements
    • Terrestrial and Satellite distress communications
  • The Three Critical Cs
  • Funding for SAR facilities and units safety management
  • Human factors
  • International legal provisions
  • Formal SAR agreements


Mode of Delivery

Live virtual classroom via Zoom 5.0 (1400hrs - 1900hrs SGT/GMT+8, Monday - Friday)

Details on how to access the online course and access link will be provided to applicants who have successfully registered.

Key Instructor(s)

Brian Day is a civil aviation Search and Rescue (SAR) consultant and trainer. He has extensive experience in SAR consultancy for numerous civil aviation administrations, and has expertise in safety management, air traffic management, international agreements, as well as ICAO regulatory system and audits. He was the Senior Advisor to the UAE Representative on the ICAO Council), Montreal; and Senior Specialist (ATM, SAR and Safety Management), UAE General Civil Aviation Authority from 2009 to 2012.


  • SAA Alumni – 10% discount
  • Group Discount – Enjoy a group discount for three or more participants registered at the same time for the same course run from the same organisation and billing source:
    • Three to six : 10%
    • Seven to nine : 15%
    • Ten or more : 20%