Training courses

Aviation Security Risk and Crisis Management



Aviation security continues to be an area of global concern. The ICAO global Risk Context Statement provides a high-level description of the global aviation security risk picture. The statement presents high-level, strategic statements to help guide Member States in taking a risk-based approach to maintaining and extending their civil aviation security programmes.


This course considers the practical application of the Risk Context Statement at the regional, country and airport levels, using a risk-based approach to all aspects of security, including acts of terrorism. In particular, it examines the detail of the guidance and provides methods for providing risk mitigation and countermeasures to identified threats. It further examines best-practice methods, and international standards, for managing any crisis that may arise directly or indirectly from the realisation of such risks, including the sensitive handling of people most directly affected.


The course has the following aims and objectives

  • To provide a detailed examination of the requirements of the ICAO global Risk Context Statement, and the security activities that Member States are required to take to improve and sustain their aviation security programmes;
  • To examine the international concepts of security risk management, the methods used to identify and prioritise risks, and the types of countermeasures available;
  • To explain the principles of planning for, responding to, and recovering from a sudden, unexpected and large-scale aviation emergency or crisis;
  • To clarify the meanings of key terms and definitions used in the field of security planning, risk and crisis management, and the need for a common language;
  • To enable learners to apply the techniques used for security planning and crisis management in their aviation workplace.


References to established principles, best practices and international models and standards

The course is based upon a wide range of established global practices, guidelines and lessons learned from global security events and aviation crises. It examines standards and recommended practices from a range of key organisations such as ICAO, IATA, the United Nations, Interpol and international standards bodies such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the British Standards institute (BSI).


Course Content

The following topics will be addressed in the training:

  • Unlawful Interference in the Aviation Sector
  • Airport Security Planning Framework
  • Crisis Management
  • Information Sharing
  • Principles of Emergency Management
  • Emergency Response Planning
  • Emergency Response
  • Aftermath and Recovery
  • The Role of the Media

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course learners should be able to:

  • Understand the specific current and emerging threats faced by the civil aviation industry;
  • Conduct a security risk assessment and prioritise security responses;
  • Recognise the value of an ‘all-hazards’ approach to crisis and emergency response planning;
  • Describe the key organisations involved in responding to aviation threats and crises;
  • Perform effectively as a member of a crisis management team;
  • Explain the importance of effective collaboration, cooperation and coordination in security and crisis;
  • Describe the importance of having an effective media and communications strategy for responding to crises.

Who should take this course

This five-day course will be conducted in English and is targeted at supervisors and managers who are working, or a soon to work in, the aviation sector. It has significant relevance to managers with a specific crisis management and/or security role, although it will be equally valuable to leaders from airlines, airport operations, civil aviation authorities, law enforcement agencies and those with an investigative or crisis response role to aviation scenarios.


This is a 5-day course, starting at 9:00 and ending at approximately 17:30.