ATM Safety training

Many people working in the field of Air Traffic Management deal with safety assessments or safety cases. However, only a few actually execute safety assessments. As a technical project leader you may need to interpret the safety case results. As a manager you may need to decide on how many resources to allocate, and to allocate the execution of the process to an organisation or people. As a CAA employee you may have the duty to judge whether a new operation is sufficiently safe according to regulations. A concept designer might require more understanding of what the safest concept or procedure would be.

NLR-ATSI offers a course in ATM safety assessments to bring you up-to-date with the safety assessment process.

The course is open for both individual and group registration. Individuals can benefit from the exchange of points of view, opinions and experiences with experts with different backgrounds. Self-organised groups can request tailor-made modules. Such a group can be a selection of managers of several departments within an ANSP, a team of technical experts working on one project or the main players from a regulator, inspectorate and safety management unit.

The course is suitable for everyone involved in safety assessments or who deals with the results of those assessments. If you would like to know more about ATM safety assessments, this course is an excellent starting point. Since the course has an introductory character, it is remarked that safety analysts, who frequently execute safety assessments, are not among the target audience.

Before Bart Klein Obbink (1966) started his career in aviation safety, he worked in cosmology, mathematical analysis and telecommunciations. In his current position at NLR, Bart executes projects in the field of operational consultancy as well as research. In the field of consultancy, he gained extended knowledge and experience in executing safety assessments, especially for specific airport and ATC operations as the usage of taxiways, Meteo services, landing operations, ground surveillance, digital flight progress strips, holding operations, turning SIDs and vertical radar view. In prolongation of that, he worked in the field of obstacle restrictions around aerodromes. In the research area, Bart worked on several aspects of ASAS applications. His current research interest lies in the safety of advanced trajectory management.
Job Smeltink joined NLR in 2000. His field of expertise involves safety assessments and risk analysis. He focuses on ATM safety assessments and safety management. He has conducted many qualitative and quantitative safety assessments for many different customers including LVNL, DFS, Belgocontrol and Eurocontrol. Since 2005, he has been one of the instructors at the NLR’s ATM safety assessment course which has been held for several external customers.

In 2006, he participated with TUV Nord in the audit of DFS for the certification in accordance with the EU regulations (the Common Requirements). Since 2007, he assists the Military Aviation Authority in the Netherlands to establish military regulations regarding ATM and airports (based on the ESARRs) and advises them in their oversight tasks and responsibilities. Furthermore he is an internal auditor for NLR on Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE)

The main theme is ATM safety assessment. We will address applied approaches and common practices such as Eurocontrol's SAM, the context and some historic developments, and also relevant lessons learnt from practise. Furthermore current issues, difficulties and on-going debates will be discussed during the course.

Each course is tailored upon the wishes of the group. It contains a fixed core, but there are several different modules in which specific subjects are treated with more or less details. The general outline of the course consists of:

  • Key concepts in (ATM) safety
  • Generic steps in an ATM safety assessment
  • ATM safety rules and regulations
  • Pro-active versus reactive assessments
  • Approaches and methodologies
  • Hazard identification techniques
  • Modelling of hazards
  • Severity assessment techniques
  • Frequency assessment techniques

We dislike bullet wise PowerPoint presentations with too many slides. Therefore we provide a dynamic and interactive training, assisted by exercises, role-playing, video, discussions, and, indeed, PowerPoint presentations. We ask you to participate actively, to come up with your experience, and to disagree with trainers and other trainees.

For further information on ATSI Academy please contact us via our contact form or contact Patricia Sijaranamual at +31 88 511 35 00 or via to find the course that meets your wishes.