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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: How is MITRE Aviation Training related to MITRE or CAASD?
A: The MITRE Aviation Training is part of CAASD, serving MITRE and the global aviation community.

Q: How does the MITRE Aviation Training fit into MITRE overall goals?
A: The MITRE Aviation Training supports the MITRE Corporate Goal of Broaden Public Service.

Q: What kinds of relationship does MITRE Aviation Training have with outside organizations?
A: The MAI has many established relationships with various external aviation organizations. Relationships are clarified in Memoranda of Understanding (MOU). MITRE Aviation Training is continually looking for new partners in aviation.

Q: What is the perceived need for MITRE Aviation Training?
A: MITRE Aviation Training recognizes the need to help keep aviation professionals stay on the cutting edge of their fields by providing professional development opportunities.

Q: Who is the audience that MITRE Aviation Training wants to target?
A: MITRE staff, aviation industry stakeholders, and aviation policy makers.

Q: Will degrees be awarded?
A: Certificates of course completion are awarded and a participant listing is maintained in the MITRE Aviation Training data base.

Q: Where will the classes be offered?
A: The majority of the classroom instruction, seminars and conferences are held at MITRE facilities. For special events or upon request, MITRE Aviation Training will offer presentations outside of a MITRE location.

Q: How do sponsors learn about enrolling in a MITRE Aviation Training offering, or having an offering tailored to their needs?
A: Please contact Diann Barnes (703) 983-7101 for promotional materials or visit the MAI's public website.



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Since 2005 a total of 3,629 students from 51 countries have participated in SMS offerings conducted by MITRE.

Comments from past students

"It was all very nice, especially the way it fills the gaps existing in the ICAO SMS course."
-Ms. Doris Costa, Chief Security, Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil

"The instructors had a lot of knowledge about the subject and presented the material in a pleasant way."
- Ms. Barbara Vlaanderen, Chief Security and Safety, Windward Islands Airways N.V.

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Comments from past students    

"I loved this course. The course was so comprehensive and the instructor delivered it in a manner easy to understand and apply."
-Ms. Mlinda Sagum,
Cabin Safety Specialist, Hawaiian Airlines

"The instructors had a lot of knowledge about the subject and presented the material in a pleasant way."
- Ms. Barbara Vlaanderen,
Chief Security and Safety, Windward Islands Airways N.V.

"The class was very informative and the instructors were quite knowledgeable. The exercises were effective, relevant and useful. Use of the Organizational Failure Model was a very interesting way to explain the TAM 3054 accident's contributing factors and alignments."
- Ms. Midori Tanino,
International NextGen Lead, Federal Aviation Administration, United States

"The course was excellent for all users of SMS. From the experienced airline operator who already has an SMS program to the new user that is getting ready to develop an SMS, this course covers all the topics. The depth of knowledge of the instructors is excellent and they are all well versed in the innerworkings of SMS. All of the instructors took a real interest in the students and their SMS knowledge."
- Mr. Warren Abrams,
Air Safety Inspector, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

"One of the best classes that can be easily grasped and truly implemented into a company of any size!"
- Mr. Daniel Leskusky,
Manager Cargo Safety, Delta Air Lines

"Very dynamic, very well organized, best facilities, excellent support, knowledgeable instructors."
- Mr. Robert Vandel,
Vice President, Flight Safety Foundation

"The course includes everything needed to create and implement SMS and it has been prepared very systematically and easy to understand. It is very interactive and we all enjoyed it."
- Mr. Mehmet Korkmaz,
Line Maintenance, Turkish Airlines

"The course has organized and deep information that helped me to understand the tasks that I should do."
- Mr. Mohamed A. Al Owaify,
Surveillance System Safety Specialist, GACA Air Navigation Services, Saudi Arabia

"This is a course whose information is readily applicable once I get home. One of the best courses I have attended"
- Mr. Jorge Leite,
Director of Quality, TAP Maintenance and Engineering, Portugal

"It answered all of my questions. I also have a great basis upon which to build awareness and training for my dept./division."
- Mr. David Allen,
Manager of Airport Operations Systems, Continental Airlines

"It was all very nice, especially the way it fills the gaps existing in the ICAO SMS course."
- Ms. Doris Costa,
Chief Security, Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil

"The best course I have ever attended. Totally applicable and useful information to be a safe, just and forward looking manager."
- Mr. Atac Tunc,
System Engineer, Sky Airlines, Turkey

"Very powerful and very practical knowledge, all you need to kick start or enhance SMS operations in your company."
- Mr. Janis Lapins,
Head of Safety, Security, Quality, Environment and Audit Management, State Joint-Stock Company "Latvijas Gaisa Satiksme"

"Very clear explanations. Content was very complete and exercises give me a real view of how to deal with the system."
- Capt. Sebastian Rodriguez Barrueco,
Flight Safety Officer, Spanair

"Excellent delivery of a complex topic in an entertaining and informative manner."
- Mr. Pat Fitzpatrick,
Alaska Airlines MEC Safety Committee Chairman, ALPA

"The final exercise left a profound impression on me."
- Mr. John Ramsell,
Quality Manager, Marshall Aerospace Ltd., United Kingdom

"I am impressed by the level of professional competence of the instructors, their hands-on experience and knowledge, and the up-to-date information made available."
- Mr. Ganapathy Apparanda Mudapa,
Director, Commercial and Business Aviation Services PVT LTD (CBAS), Bangalore, India

"Content was incredible. Exercises were enjoyable and enlightening"
- Mr. Bill Hafner,
Director Quality, ST Mobile Aerospace Engineering

"This course is practical, relevant, and provides real-world applications that the aviation/safety professional can readily implement. This is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you."
- Ms. Yolanda Carr,
Senior ASO, Aviation and Product Safety
Sikorsky Aircraft - A Lockheed Martin Company

"Excellent course with very informed and professional instructors! The exercises were relevant and applicable to the chapter."
- Mr. Chip Henderson,
Helicopter Business Manager, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

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