The course will teach participants what to expect in the days immediately following an aviation accident or incident and how they can prepare for their role with the media.
ID Code MR302
Dates, Times and Location
October 26-27, 2022
8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Tentative) Course Agenda will be sent a week prior to start date.
NTSB Training Center • 45065 Bles Park Drive • Ashburn, Virginia 20147
Tuition and Registration
- $995 early registration, by September 26, 2022
- $1,025 late registration, between September 27, 2022 and October 19, 2022
Please review the
NTSB Visitor Requirements prior to your visit to the NTSB Training Center. It is your responsibility to read and fully comply with these requirements. Failure to comply will result in you being denied access to the Training Center. Refunds will not be granted to those who do not comply with these requirements. No exceptions!
If you have questions regarding the COVID-19 Requirements, please email Roland Thompson
We are no longer accepting offline registrations.
Payment must be made at time of registration.
In person courses are limited to the first 50 registrants.
- How the National Transportation Safety Board organizes an accident site and what can be expected in the days after an aviation disaster from the NTSB, FAA, other federal agencies, airline, airport, media and local community
Strategies for airline and airport staff to proactively manage the communication process throughout the on-scene phase of the investigation
How the NTSB public affairs officers coordinate press conferences and release of accident information and what information the spokespersons from the airport and airline will be responsible to provide to the media
Making provisions for and communicating with family members of those involved in the accident
Questions and requests likely encountered from the airlines, airport staff, family members, disaster relief agencies, local officials and others
Comments from course participants
See the 235 organizations from more than 30 countries that have sent staff to attend this course
Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to
- Be better prepared to respond to a major aviation disaster involving a flight departing from or destined for participant’s airport
- Demonstrate greater confidence in fielding on-scene questions about the many aspects of the investigation and its participants, including what types of specific information may be requested
- Identify the appropriate Public Affairs roles for the various organizations involved in an accident investigation
- Be more productive in the first few hours after an aviation disaster by understanding which tasks are most important and why
- Perform job responsibilities more professionally and with greater confidence given the knowledge and tools to manage the airport communications aspect of a major aviation disaster
Who May Attend
This course is targeted to who, in the event of an aviation disaster, will need to provide a steady flow of accurate information to media outlets and/or other airport, federal or local authorities.
Communications professionals representing airports, airlines, business aviation operators and others in the aviation community
Potential participants in an NTSB investigation: Investigative and safety personnel employed by airframe, engine or component manufacturers, airlines, civilian and military agencies, and related labor unions
Investigators from the NTSB and other accident investigation authorities/commissions worldwide
Members of the academic community attending for research purposes (on a space-available basis)
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