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6-8 October 2009


Hyatt Hotel, Canberra

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


Airservices Australia – EADS: Airbus – Australian Transport Safety Bureau – AusALPA – AIPA – Australian Parachute Federation – Australian Association of Aviation & Aerospace Industries – Aviation Law – Australian Aviation – Avis – Aviation Australia – BHP Billiton – Civil Aviation Safety Authority – Canberra Airport – Cobham Aviation Services – Crisp Galleries – Department of Defence – Department of Infrastructure and Transport – Defence Aviation Air Force Safety – Federal Aviation Administration – Gliding Federation of Australia – John Holland Aviation Services – Pilatus – PriceWaterhouse Coopers – Qantas – Raytheon Australia – Regional Express Group – Thales – Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council – Virgin Australia


Safeskies 2009 banner

Conference theme: ‘Managing aviation safety in a changing environment’

Day 1 began with the Hon. Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure & Transport, officially opening the 2009 conference. The first session of day 1 was a detailed presentation from Mike Mrdak, Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, on the Australian Government’s new Aviation White Paper, ‘Setting the vision for the future’.

Other day 1 sessions looked at safety management systems (SMS), considering factors such as safety data, confidential reporting, and safety management in low-cost carriers. Day 1 closed with a presentation on the role of an independent ATSB.

Day 2 began with a look at how the Defence forces manage safety and meet new challenges, and expanded to consider safety management issues from an international perspective. Day 2 concluded with presentations on safety challenges for regional RPT carriers, safety on the ramp, and safety issues in designing ATM systems.

For more detail, see the full 2009 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.