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24-26 October 1995


National Convention Centre, Canberra

Conference dinner: Grand Foyer, High Court of Australia Wednesday 25 October


Major patron: Department of Transport

Patrons: Air New Zealand – Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association – Australian Aviation College – Boeing Commercial Airplane Group – Corporate Quality Services – ICAO – Sioux City Gateway Airport Authority – United Airlines

Sponsors: Ansett Australia – British Airways – Civil Aviation Safety Authority – Kendell Airlines – Peter Isaacson Publications – Qantas Airways Australia – Spencer Ferrier and Associates

Supporters: Bureau of Air Safety Investigation – Department of Defence – University of South Australia – Aviation Studies.

Keynote speaker

Don Kendell

Managing director of Kendell Airlines, opened the conference with a keynote address

Donald Kendall
Don Kendell (photo courtesy of Australian Aviation Hall of Fame)

Conference theme: ‘Regaining the safety margin’

For the first time, a series of workshops preceded the conference, allowing discussion in more detail on topics such as: ‘Who should pay for air safety?’; self-regulation; ‘Is current training and education meeting the needs of aviation?’; ‘Can the safety ethic still be relied upon to guarantee sound operational practices?’; and a session on ground safety.

On day 1, following Don Kendell’s keynote speech, conference sessions examined aviation safety issues, relevant because of the Monarch and Seaview accidents (of 1993 and 1994 respectively): ‘Where to from here?’ with sessions on disaster management, technological developments, training, and the role of TQM in aviation.

Dr Rob Lee, Director of the Bureau of Air Safety Investigation (BASI, now the Australian Transport Safety Bureau), who had spoken at the inaugural Safeskies conference in 1993, presented on ‘Air safety – the Australian domestic scene. What are the main issues?’

The workshop program and the conference presentation program

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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.