Over the years, Safeskies has brought numerous well-known aviation personnel to Australia, including the first keynote speaker, John J Nance. Nance, a pilot, is a leader and a pioneer in both aviation and medical safety and quality, and for almost 20 years has been a familiar face to North American television audiences as the aviation analyst for ABC World News and Good Morning America, and for appearances on the crash investigation series, Mayday.
Other distinguished speakers have included: space pioneer Dr Bill Gaubatz (Delta-Clipper space project); two chiefs of the RAAF; the NTSB Board Chairman, Mark Rosenker; former Chairman, CAA UK, Sir Roy McNulty; Director of the Air Navigation Bureau (ICAO) Ms Nancy Graham; and most recently, in 2019, Secretary-General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Dr Fang Liu.
Themes and topics
Safeskies has focused from time to time on a range of themes, including ‘Setting the right aviation safety culture’; ‘Safety in the globalised economy’; Learning the lessons of the past’; ‘Making safety management systems work’; and ‘Training and change’. Conference topics include a broad range of aviation activities, civil and military: flight operations, engineering and maintenance, ground handling, training, air traffic management, safety management systems and organisational culture, across sectors ranging from airlines and charter to recreational aviation, emergency services and the growing unmanned sector.