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26-28 October 2005


Hyatt Hotel, Canberra

Conference dinner and Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture: Great Hall, Parliament House


Airservices Australia – Australian Air Express – Australian and International Pilots Association – Australian Parachute Federation Inc. – Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) – Aviation Safety Foundation Australia – Boeing Commercial Airplanes – British Airways – Canberra International Airport – Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) – Department of Defence – Department of Transport and Regional Services (DOTRS) – Emirates Airlines – Gliding Federation of Australia – Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators (GAPAN) – Horizon Airlines – Pel Air Aviation – QANTAS Airways Limited – Royal Australian Air Force – THALES Training and Simulation – Trans Australian Air Pty Ltd – Virgin Blue Airlines

Keynote speaker

EL ‘Burt’ Rutan

Aerospace engineer, designer of SpaceShipOne (winner of the ‘X Prize’) and the Global Flyer: Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture

Mike Melvill and Burt Rutan
Mike Melvill and Burt Rutan speak to the media after the first flight into Space.
Photo courtesy of Ramey Logan

Conference theme: ‘Past lessons: future safety’

Day 1 began with the Hon. Mark Vaile, Minister for Transport and Regional Services, officially opening the conference.

Bruce Byron, CASA CEO, gave the first of the day 1 keynote addresses: ‘The CASA safety program – new initiatives in a time of rapid change’, followed by the second from the former chief inspector of accidents from the UK’s AAIB, who gave his personal view on ‘Applying the lessons from accident investigation’.

Other day 1 presentations looked at safety in air traffic services, the duty of care in aviation safety, ramp safety, preventing CFIT by learning lessons from past accidents, and the GA Airvan.

A keynote address from Dr Rob Lee, ‘Why do we consistently repeat past mistakes?’ opened day 2, followed by presentations from the ATSB, Qantas (‘Qantas learning over 85 years’), Boeing, Jetstar and Airbus.

GAPAN’s presentation on ‘Threat and error management for the future GA pilot’, concluded the 2005 Safeskies.

For more detail, see the full 2005 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.