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.
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?’