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3-5 November 1999


Hyatt Hotel, Canberra

Conference dinner and Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture: Parliament House


Ansett Australia – Shell Company of Australia – Department of Transport and Regional Services – Airservices Australia – British Airways – Boeing Commercial Airplane Company – Kendell Airlines – Australian Parachute Federation – Regional Airlines Association of Australia – Aviation Safety Foundation – Pilatus Australia – The Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators – Civil Aviation Safety Authority – Bureau of Air Safety Investigation – Department of Defence – Air New Zealand – Qantas Airways

Keynote speaker

Captain JW Young

US astronaut, Associate Director (Technical) NASA Space Centre, Houston: Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture

John Watts Young
Captain JW Young, US astronaut, compliments of NASA

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Conference theme: ‘Aviation safety in the new millennium’

For the first time, in 1999, Safeskies dedicated a breakout session to general aviation.

After a conference opening by the Deputy PM and Minister for Transport, the Hon John Anderson, three keynote speakers addressed the challenges for aviation in the new millennium: ‘Air safety at the millennium: the zero-accident objective’—the South African commissioner for civil aviation; ‘Safe operations: the zero- accident objective—an operator’s perspective’—the CEO of Petroleum Helicopters Inc; and ‘Challenges for an international airline at the millennium’—Air NZ’s GM operations.

Other day 1 sessions covered CASA’s millennium safety agenda (from CEO Mick Toller); the ongoing importance of human factors; airspace management; and the possible implications of the millennium ‘bug’.

Day 1 concluded with three concurrent workshops: ‘New ideas in safety management and human factors’, ‘Technology and airworthiness’ and ‘Airspace management’.

Day 2 speakers addressed airline safety at the millennium (Ansett Airlines); the role of cabin crew in an in-flight emergency; while the guru on the subject, Dr Tony Kern, spoke on ‘Airmanship: GA and pilot training, some problem areas’.

A second series of concurrent workshops examined: ‘Safety within the aircraft’, ‘Security and the Olympics’ and ‘General aviation, safety and pilot training’.

For more detail, see the 1999 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.