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25-27 October 2011


Hyatt Hotel, Canberra

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


ACS Aviation Solutions – Aerosafe Risk Management – Air France – Airservices Australia – Airshows DownUnder – EADS: Airbus – Aviation Business – Aviation Law Association – Alliance – AOPA Australia – ASAC – Australian Transport Safety Bureau – AusALPA – Australian Parachute Federation – Australian Association of Aviation & Aerospace Industries – Aviation Law – Australian Aviation – Avis – Aviation Australia – Bevington Group – Brisbane Airport – BHP Billiton – Civil Aviation Safety Authority – Canberra Airport – Cobham – Crisp Galleries – Department of Defence – Defence Aviation Air Force Safety – Emirates – Federal Aviation Administration – Gliding Federation of Australia – Department of Infrastructure and Transport – ITT – Perth Airport – Pilatus – Qantas – Raytheon Australia – Recreational Aviation Australia – Regional Express Group – RPS – Thales – Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council – Virgin Australia

Keynote speaker

Dr Andy Thomas

Australian-born NASA astronaut: Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture

Astronaut Andy Thomas

Safeskies 2011 banner

Conference theme: ‘Future growth: future challenges’

Day 1 began with the Hon. Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure & Transport, officially opening the 2011 conference, followed by the Aviation Policy Group—the heads of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development; the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Airservices Australia and Defence aviation giving an overview of aviation safety issues in their respective domains.

The first sessions of day 1 saw Vince Galotti, deputy director of ICAO’s navigation bureau give ICAO’s perspective on the safety challenges posed by growth, while Kevin Humphreys, director of safety regulation with the Irish Aviation Authority, gave the European perspective.

Other highlights of day 1 were the FAA’s Dr Kathy Abbott’s presentation on ‘Pilot training issues with highly automated aircraft’, and Virgin’s Sean Donohue on ‘Airside safety’.

Day 2 began with a look at Defence aviation safety, went on to consider the challenges of remotely piloted aircraft, dangerous goods and cabin safety, and concluded by examining the safety challenges for aviation in the resources industry.

For more detail, see the full 2011 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.