Leadership and Advanced Safety Training (LAST)

Course Content

LAST is conducted over a three- and one-half-day period.  It is a comprehensive, integrated, and scenario-based training experience that will equip Central Air Safety representatives to successfully participate in their airline’s safety management system (SMS). The targeted audience includes current and future Central Air Safety Committee Chairs, Event Review Committee (ERC) members, FOQA gatekeepers, fatigue representatives, and other associated personnel from both U.S. and Canadian airlines. 

Attendees will be provided with the functional knowledge and ability to work with management and regulators in the areas of hazard identification, risk management, and risk mitigation using best practices.  Thorough review will be given to all voluntary safety programs along with any differences that may be seen between U.S and Canadian application.

Incorporated throughout the course are principals of organizational and safety leadership.  Central Air Safety pilot volunteers serving in positions of leadership both at the MEC and LEC need a foundation from which to communicate their vision to the members of their committee, the MEC/LEC, and their pilots.  This includes an understanding of safety issues as well as the administrative and management skills with which to lead a group efficiently and effectively.  Media training will be offered to add the skills of clarity and poise when communicating. 

A representative who has completed the LAST course will gain the multifaceted skills necessary to work within their airline to identify hazards and their potential to cause aircraft incidents and accidents.  In addition, participants will be able to formulate a vision for safety and effectively communicate that vision to their committee, MEC, pilot group, and management.

Guests from the aviation safety industry will participate as well, allowing attendees an opportunity to discuss current issues and obtain a comprehensive, up-to-date understanding of challenges and opportunities as they move forward in their work.

The LAST course content includes:

  • Safety Management System (SMS) / Safety Risk Management (SRM)
  • Voluntary safety programs:
    • Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA)/ Flight Data Management (FDM)
    • Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP)
      • Conflict resolution
      • Cognitive interviewing
      • Consensus-building
    • Line Operations Safety Assessment (LOSA)
    • Fatigue Risk Management
  • ALPA Structure & Leadership
  • Central & Local Safety Committee Structure
  • The Role of a Safety Chair
  • Accounting & Budgeting
  • Contractual Safety Considerations
  • Media Training
  • Safety Scenarios

Skills upon completion 

  • Application of the principles of SMS/SRM and Safety Assurance
  • Functional knowledge of ASAP, FOQA, other voluntary data collection programs, and data analysis processes
  • Ability to effectively serve as a safety committee member, focusing on building consensus. Demonstrate functional knowledge of the ALPA Safety Structure (Nationally & Locally)
  • Be aware of and practice the political skills necessary to manage a MEC Central Air Safety Committee
  • Understand and be able to participate or supervise in the following areas of a Central Air Safety Committee (CASC):
    • Administration
    • Communication
    • Budget/Expense Management
    • Project Management
    • Risk Analysis
    • Media Communication
    • Leadership
    • Accident/Incident Response Planning


Your MEC/CASC budget pays for all your pilot expenses: travel, hotel 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