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Safety Seminar : Inspection Authorization Renewal
NTSB Training Center
3/3/2018 8:00 AM

The National Transportation Safety Board is presenting an opportunity for aircraft mechanics to renew their Inspection Authorization (IA) at an NTSB Safety Seminar. The seminar will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the NTSB’s Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia. The Seminar will include eight hours of material designed to increase the participant’s knowledge in all facets of the inspection process, as well as lessons learned from the outcome of NTSB investigations.

Presenters will include NTSB investigators and staff, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors, and other industry experts. Attendees will have the opportunity to not only renew their IA certificate, but also be exposed to presentation material that will encourage attendees to analyze and evaluate the information in an effort to become more informed mechanics and inspectors. Accident case studies involving maintenance issues will be presented by active NTSB investigators and staff, as an opportunity to learn from these often tragic events. Presentations will also include current technology and best practices and procedures for mechanics and inspectors.

Attendees will also have the rare opportunity to receive a tutorial briefing on the TWA 800 accident investigation, and view the reconstruction. During this tutorial, attendees will learn how the NTSB conducts accident investigations and the resultant safety recommendation process. This tutorial is an optional part of the seminar, held at the end of the day, and will not count towards the IA renewal.

The NTSB has partnered with the FAA for this useful and educational seminar. FAA inspectors and staff will be available to process IA paperwork.

The cost for the seminar will be $50 and will include lunch.

Because space is limited, registration will close when the seminar is full. Therefore, early registration is recommended. We will not be able to accept any registrations on the day of the event.

The doors will open at 7:30 a.m., and the seminar will run from 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. (with an optional TWA 800 briefing from 5:00p.m.-6:00p.m.).  Attendees must have a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, to enter the building.

Those interested in attending the seminar can register at: or SIGN UP HERE

Questions regarding the Seminar can be directed to Jill Demko, Technical Training Officer at:

For more information about the NTSB Training Center, visit our website at:

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Welcome to the NTSB Training Center - Jill Demko, NTSB, Technical Training Officer
Logistics and Administrative Info - Jack Strange, FAA, FAAST Program Manager

ASI Case Studies/How to Interact with the NTSB - Tim LeBaron, NTSB, Deputy Director for Regional Operations

9:00am-9:10am - Break

Engine Care & Maintenance - Dennis Coulbourn, Regional Sales Manager, Lycoming Engines

10:00am-10:10am - Break

Slick by Champion Ignition System Maintenance and Recent Service Documentation - Joe Logie, Technical Support Manager, Champion Aerospace

11:00am-11:10am - Break

Air Safety Investigations – Maintenance Case Studies - Andrew Hall, Senior Air Safety Investigator, Cessna Aircraft

12:00pm-12:40pm - Lunch

Maintenance Related Turbine Engine Issues - Jon-Adam Michael, Manager, Air Safety Investigations, Rolls-Royce Engines

1:30pm-1:40pm - Break

The 5-minute Walk Around for Fabric Pipers - Clyde Smith Jr., Cub Restoration Services

2:30pm-2:40pm - Break

Helicopter Accidents as a Result of Mechanical Issues - Chich Shin, NTSB, Aerospace Engineer

3:30pm-3:40pm - Break

Human Factors in Aircraft Maintenance - David Reese, FAA, Aviation Safety Inspector

TWA800 Presentation (optional for attendees) - Jill Demko, NTSB, Technical Training Officer

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