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15-17 October 2013


Hotel Realm, Canberra

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


Aerosafe Risk Management – AgustaWestland – Airservices Australia – Airshows DownUnder – Aviation / Aerospace Australia – Australian and International Pilots Association – Australian Aviation – Australian Federation of Air Pilots – Australian Parachute Federation – Australian Sport Aviation Confederation – Australian Transport Safety Bureau – Aviation Australia – Aviation Business – Asia Pacific – Avis – BAE Australia – BHP Billiton – Civil Aviation Safety Authority – Cobham – Crisp Galleries – Department of Defence – Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development – EADS – Emirates – Exelis – Flight Safety Foundation – Gliding Federation of Australia – GO2 Altitude – Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators – Lockheed Martin – Pilatus – Qantas – Raytheon Australia – Recreational Aviation Australia – Regional Express Group – Royal Aeronautical Society – Australian Division – SAAB Australia – Thales – Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council – Virgin Australia

Keynote speaker

Dr Tom Enders

CEO European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS): Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture

Tom Enders Schonefeld

Safeskies 2013 banner

Conference theme: ‘People and technology’

The deputy PM, and Minister for Transport, the Hon Warren Truss officially opened the 2013 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.

Day 1 presentations included: Chief Commissioner of the ATSB, Martin Dolan, on the ‘Aviation safety environment’; the future of ATM technology; a look at the growth and associated risks of UAV operations; and developments in aircraft avionics and their impact on safety. Day 1 closed with a focus on ‘Aviation safety in the Australian Defence Force’.

Day 2 opened with an address by Captain Richard Woodward on the challenges technology can create for pilots, followed by sessions on risk management; the new OneSky project to create a combined Australian civil and military ATM system; and the work of the International Helicopter Safety Team.

Professor Peter Jorna, president of the European Association for Aviation Psychology, and Gerard Forlin, QC rounded out the final day of the 2013 conference.

For more detail, see the 2013 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.