Safety Oversight Inspectors (Aerodrome)

Aviation Safety & Security

Course Outline

This course provides you with an understanding of the fundamental principles underlying the safety oversight measures and activities relating to aerodromes required of a State’s aviation regulatory body and their importance, in accordance with ICAO’s requirements. This course is an elective module under the Diploma in Aviation Safety Management. This course is delivered via eLearning.


5 days

S$3,000 / US$2,350

^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:

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of an aerodrome inspector
  • Understand the ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) on safety oversight relating to aerodromes
  • Review and update your organisation’s safety oversight mechanisms relating to aerodromes

Who Should Attend

This course is beneficial to personnel involved in safety oversight management and inspection of aerodromes such as safety managers, inspectors and auditors from civil aviation administrations and aerodrome operators.

Learning Activities

Mode of Delivery:

  • Live virtual classroom via Zoom [1300hrs - 1930hrs (SGT/GMT+8), Monday to Friday]
  • Self-paced offline learning activities

Details on how to access the online course and access link will be provided to successful applicants.



What Is Covered

  • Overview of the State’s safety oversight obligations
    • Critical elements of a safety oversight system
    • ICAO SARPs
    • Principles of State Safety Programme (SSP)
    • Safety Management Systems (SMS)

  • Overview of ICAO Annex 14 (Aerodromes), Vol I (Aerodrome Design and Operations) requirements
    • Certification of aerodromes
    • Aerodrome data
    • Physical characteristics: Runways, taxiways, clearways, stopways, aprons and holding bays
    • Obstacle restriction and removal: Obstacle limitations surface and requirements
    • Visual aids for navigation: Indicators and signalling devices, markings, lights, signs and markers
    • Aerodrome operational services, equipment and installations

  • Aerodrome maintenance
    • Pavements
    • Runway pavements overlay
    • Visual aids

  • Aerodrome certification
    • Framework for certification of aerodromes
    • Issuance and renewal of aerodrome (operating) certificate/licence

  • Overview of ICAO Annex 19 – Safety Management

  • ICAO PANS-Aerodromes (Doc 9981)
    • Conducting aeronautical studies
    • Developing risk mitigation measures

  • ICAO Doc 9774 (Manual on Certification of Aerodromes)
  • Safety Management Manual (Doc 9859)
  • Circular on Assessment, Measurement and Reporting of Surface Conditions (Cir 329)
  • Manual on Prevention of Runway Incursions (Doc 9870)
  • Aerodromes audits and inspections
    • Roles and responsibilities of an aerodrome inspector
    • Auditing principles, techniques and procedures
    • Auditing of an aerodrome’s SMS safety at construction site in an operational area
    • Pavement, markings, lightings and obstructions
    • Rescue and fire-fighting
    • Training programme: Review, records and documentation
    • Training of airside vehicle drivers
    • Fuelling facilities
    • Runway incursion prevention
    • Wildlife and foreign object damage management

Key Instructor(s)

Mr Arun Rao has over 40 years of experience in planning, design and construction of airports in India, Mauritius, Maldives, Guayana and Montreal. He is the former Chief of Aerodromes, Air Routes and Ground Aids section under Air Navigation Bureau of ICAO. He is a certified safety oversight auditor of ICAO and an ICAO-nominated instructor for ACI-ICAO training courses on aerodrome certification. Mr Arun Rao is also a member of Civil Safety Advisory Council of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India.


  • SAA Alumni 10% discount
  • Group Discount 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%