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Focus on aviation safety even more critical

‘During this time of global crisis, the aviation industry cannot afford to take its eye off safety, or be distracted by economic challenges,’ the chairman of Safeskies Australia, Captain Peter Raven AM, said today. ‘Although most of the global passenger fleet is grounded, there is a growing need for freight and charter. With support and oversight services operating under the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a real and present safety challenge.’

‘Aviation must remain focused on ensuring high standards of aviation safety continue in operations, ground handling, maintenance and oversight over the coming months,’ he said.

As a trusted and independent organisation promoting aviation safety through its biennial conference and other forums, Safeskies is using the coming months to develop safety education events tailored to an industry emerging from an unprecedented shut-down.

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Dr Sue Burdekin

Life member of Safeskies from 2020

Most recently, Dr Sue Burdekin was the Aviation Program Coordinator in ADFA’s School of Engineering and Information Technology. She is a highly credentialled academic and researcher in human factors; and has been a senior lecturer in human factors and aviation safety since 2001. She has had experience in GA management and is a commercial pilot. She is a committee member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a member of the European Association for Aviation Psychology, the Australian Aviation Psychology Association, the International Society of Air Safety Investigation, the Australian Women Pilots’ Association (a former state president), and a former board member of Safeskies.

She and her partner, Dr Robert (Rob) Lee, were regular speakers at Safeskies, bringing their wide-ranging and considerable human factors expertise to the conferences.