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EU Ramp Inspection Program (RIP) Essentials (Classroom, 2 days)

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Improve your awareness of airline responsibilities and follow-up procedures in an EU ramp inspection (SAFA/SACA) audit to prevent recurrent findings.

With the help of this two-day course you will understand the EU ramp inspection program (EU RIP) principles and improve your safety performance by complying with international safety standards. Learn what items are checked during a SAFA/SACA audit, consequences of audit results, and the link to the EU list of air carriers subject to an operating ban (EU blacklist).

This course is available at IATA Training Centers, Regional Training Partner locations, and on-demand as in-company training.

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 2 days (16 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • Student performance will be based on an examination


  • There are no prerequisites for this course
  • Recommended level is Management and Professional
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or equivalent for other languages.

Next class

There are currently no scheduled classes. Check back later for updates or contact us to arrange a class in your company.

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Describe how to manage audit findings
  • Improve operational processes and procedures to achieve better results during SAFA/SACA audits
  • Analyze the SAFA/SACA ramp inspection checklist items
  • Explain the categorization of findings and its impact on flight safety
  • List the principles of the EU ramp inspections program and its relation to the European blacklist

Course content

  • EU ramp inspection program principles and organization
  • ICAO framework – relation between SAFA/SACA and the Chicago Convention
  • SAFA/SACA procedures
    • Items checked during a SAFA/SACA inspection
    • Identification of obvious defects during pre-flight inspection
    • Categorization of findings
  • Stakeholders role
  • EU ramp inspection program management - internal audit program

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  • Exercises on topics such as ramp inspection checklist items and identification of obvious defects

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Airline Operational Managers
  • Quality Managers
  • Corporate and Operational Safety Managers, Analysts and Coordinators
  • Postholders (safety, ground operations, and others)

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 70% or higher on all exercises and exams. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

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Further training
Graduates of this course can apply for the Harvard ManageMentor© (HMM) distance learning program at a special graduate price.

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