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30 Oct -2 November 2007


Hyatt Hotel, Canberra

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


Airservices Australia – Airbus Industrie, France – Australian Aviation – Australian Parachute Federation Inc – Australian and International Pilots Association – Australian Sports Aviation Confederation – Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) – Brindabella Airlines – Canberra Airport Group – Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) – Cobham Flight Operations & Services – Department of Defence – Department of Transport and Regional Services -(DOTRS) – Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators (GAPAN) – Pilatus Aircraft – QANTAS Airways Limited – QBE Aviation – Regional Aviation Association of Australia – Royal Federation of Aero Clubs of Australia – Shell Australia Limited – THALES Australia – Gliding Federation of Australia

Keynote speaker

Sir Rod Eddington

Former CEO of British Airways: Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture

Sir Rod Eddington

Conference theme: ‘Making safety management systems work’

Day 1 began with the Hon. Mark Vaile, Minister for Transport and Regional Services, officially opening the conference. Dr Rob Lee was the next speaker, on ‘Aviation safety management systems (SMS): challenges and solutions’, followed by the Aviation Policy Group—the heads of the Department of Transport and Regional Services; the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Airservices Australia and Air Force, who gave their perspectives of SMS in their respective domains.

The NTSB chairman, Mark Rosenker, outlined the Board’s ‘Top 10 aviation safety issues’, and day 1 closed with the ATSB’s Kym Bills providing the Bureau’s take on SMS.

Day 2 continued the SMS focus with a presentation from the UK CAA on the European approach to integrated SMS, SMS in Qantas, in GA training, in BHP Billiton operations and air traffic management. The conference closed with a look at SMS from the safety culture part of the equation.

For more detail, see the full 2007 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.