Safety Leadership School (SLS)

Course Content

Air Safety Representative pilot volunteers serving in positions of leadership such as safety committee chairman, LEC safety chairman and sub committee chairman need a foundation from which to communicate their vision to the members of their committee and MEC. They also need basic administrative and management skills with which to efficiently and effectively lead a group of safety volunteers.

Selected attendees should have completed the ALPA 101 FAST course, and the Safety 101 IST course, subsequently served at least six months on your committee, and demonstrated an eagerness and ability to serve. They would then be eligible to attend the Safety Two Leadership School for additional training in leadership, management, accident prevention and media communications. Members who have not demonstrated a high level of interest should not be considered for this course.

An Air Safety Representative who has completed the Safety Two Leadership School should have the skill necessary to understand the relationship between managed and unmanaged hazards and their potential to cause aircraft accidents and incidents. They will be able to formulate a vision for a committee to address hazards to management and will effectively communicate that vision to their MEC, committee and pilot group. They may use these skills in the capacity of Local Central Air Safety Chairman, Central Local Air Safety Chairman, Technical Group Leader or Project Team Leader.

Training is accomplished in eight modules over a two-day period:

  1. ALPA Structure & Leadership
  2. Central & Local Safety Committee Structure
  3. The Role of a Safety Chairman
  4. Accounting & Budgeting
  5. Contractual Safety Considerations<
  6. Safety Leadership Training
  7. Media Training
  8. Safety Scenarios

Safety Leadership School immediately follows the Risk Management Course (RMC). The principles discussed in RMC are a core aspect of the work many volunteers will be doing after this course and these principles are fundamental to the SLS. It is highly encouraged that these programs are attended consecutively.

Desired knowledge and skills upon completion

  • Demonstrate a functional knowledge of the ALPA Safety Structure (Nationally & Locally)
  • Be aware of and practice the political skills necessary to manage an MEC Central Air Safety Committee
  • Understand and be able to supervise the following areas of a Central Air Safety Committee:
    • Administration
    • Communication
    • Budget/Expense Management
    • Project Management
    • Risk Analysis
    • Media Communication
    • Leadership
    • Accident/Incident Response Planning


Your MEC/CASC budget pays for all of your pilot expenses: travel, sleeping rooms, meals, and flight pay loss (if required). This includes no-shows for hotel rooms where reservations have been requested and NOT canceled 48 hours prior to arrival and/or if the attendee fails to notify the hotel, during check-in, of a different departure date than the reserved.