Aeronautical knowledge for safety (AK4S)


You want to make sure your staff is equipped with all the aeronautical knowledge they need to support safety in your company and help build your case for safety excellence with your insurance broker at the time of renewal. But it is difficult and expensive to continuously train new staff members at both operational and mid-management levels on crucial safety knowledge and skills. This course takes away some of the pain for employers of onboarding new staff and will help you retain staff too.

This course provides a solid appreciation of the risks and safety components related to the daily working environment at the airport. The course assists employers with affordable induction training, motivates staff and gives them both an outline for further professional development opportunities. It was developed by industry experts from the Netherlands and Zambia and tested by new and experienced staff in four African countries.

Nine hours of video presentations will guide participants through 6 modules. Each module ends with a number of questions that have to be answered. The videos in each module can be viewed as many times as desired before answering the questions. However, each question can be answered only once. In case a participant fails a module, she/he can repeat that entire module only once.

The course has three online Question & Answer (Q&A) sessions that participants must attend. In those online Q & A sessions, topics will be discussed and questions from participants answered. The course ends with an online, live oral assessment in which participants are assessed for their knowledge and skills.


  • New staff in aviation organisations & companies
  • Aircraft loaders
  • Ground handling staff
  • Middle managers new to the aviation industry
  • Dispatchers in training
  • Flight operations officers

Previous customers include the NAC2000 Ground Handling, Zambia

Course modules

The course modules are:

  1. Module 1: Principles of flight
  2. Module 2: Aircraft performance and weight & balance
  3. Module 3: Airside safety
  4. Module 4: Human Factors
  5. Module 5: Container & checking pallets for safety
  6. Module 6: Dangerous goods

Timeline 2024 intake

The timeline for the 2024-01 edition of the AK4S course is:

  • May 10th 2024, 13:30 – 14:00 CET                 Kick-off meeting
  • May 31st 2024, 13:30 – 14:30 CET                  Q&A module 1 and 2
  • June 21st 2024, 13:30 – 14:30 CET                  Q&A module 3 and 4
  • July 12th 2024, 13:30 – 14:30 CET                   Q&A module 5 and 6
  • August 2nd 2024 (time to be decided)     Oral exam

The complete timeline for the 2024-2 edition of the AK4S course will be established shortly. The date for the kick-off meeting has been set:

  • June 21st 2024, 13:30 – 14:00 CET                 Kick-off meeting

This course is a blended online course, meaning it is both affordable and easily accessible from any place in the world.

International Air Law & Policy

September 18 | 8:30 am - September 20 | 4:30 pm CAT
Greenstone near OR Tamba International Airport, Johannesburg