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31 Oct–2 Nov 2001


Hyatt Hotel, Canberra

Conference dinner and Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture: Parliament House


Airbus Industrie – Aircraft Owners’ and Pilots Association – Air New Zealand – Airservices Australia – Australian Parachute Federation Inc. – Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) – Aviation Safety Foundation Australia – British Airways – Cathay Pacific – Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) – Department of Defence – Department of Transport and Regional Services (DOTRS) – DuPont (Australia) Ltd – Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators (GAPAN) – Kendell Airlines – Quality Inn Garden City – QANTAS Airways Limited – Royal Australian Air Force – THALES Training and Simulation

Keynote speaker

Captain Etienne Tarnowski

Experimental test pilot and Senior Director, Training Development, Airbus Industrie: Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture

Etienne Tarnowski
Pilot Etienne Tarnowski with Vágar Airport COO Jákup Egholm Hansen during a Full Flight Simulator session

Safeskies banner 2001

Conference theme: ‘Managing aviation safety in a globalised world’

Given the previous millennium closed with a spate of international aviation accidents, the 2001 conference asked the key question ‘Are global safety lessons to be learned from these accidents truly being identified and applied?’ Consequently, it adopted the theme: ‘Managing aviation safety in a globalised world’.

Day 1 began with the Hon. John Anderson, Minister for Transport and Regional Services, officially opening the conference, and continued with three highlight presentations.

Mick Toller, Director of Aviation Safety, CASA, spoke on ‘CASA’s Safety Agenda’; and Dr John Burgess, former VP, Safety Environment & Technology, BHP Billiton, on ‘The Safety Culture in Industry’.  The leading address came from Professor Patrick Hudson, University of Leiden, The Netherlands, speaking on ‘Hearts and Minds – The Aviation Safety Culture’.

Day 1 also saw the first series of concurrent workshops: on managing safety culture, and cabin safety and security.

Day 2’s presentations examined safety from a global perspective, and included addresses from Leroy Keith, the technical director, Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (The development of a safety focus in the Asia Pacific region); Peter Wigens, head of corporate safety, Cathay Pacific (‘The business of aviation safety in a globalised world’); and David Harvey (Thales) and Mike Grayburn (GAPAN) on future pilot selection and training.

The day 2 concurrent workshops (‘focused discussion sessions’) covered: developments in aviation technology, the development of a safety focus in the Asia-Pacific region, and airspace management. Dr Rob Lee chaired the conference wrap-up, and consideration of the discussion session reports.

For more detail, see the full 2001 conference 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.