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3–5 October 2017


National Convention Centre, Canberra

Conference dinner and Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture: Great Hall, Parliament House 3 October


Airservices Australia – Australian and International Pilots Association – Australian Federation of Airline Pilots – Australian Transport Safety Bureau – Boeing Australia – Canberra Airport – Civil Aviation Safety Authority – Department of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development – Dick Smith – Northrop Grumman – Pilatus, Qantas – QBE Insurance – Recreational Aviation Australia – Rex Regional Airlines – Thales

Keynote speaker

John Borghetti

CEO and MD, Virgin Australia Group: Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture

John Borghetti

The conference operand with 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.

Following sessions looked at human performance in automated systems, with a focus on upset recovery training; while a dedicated session on drone/unmanned aircraft addressed the opportunities and challenges drone operations represent for both civil and military applications.

The final session of day one covered a range of topics, from helicopter and gliding safety to wildlife hazard management.

Day 2 looked at cabin safety (the efficacy of the brace position), the opportunities digital data creates for safety assurance, airside safety and the challenges of implementing Australia’s integrated ATM system, OneSky.

The 2017 conference closed with Safeskies’ President Emeritus, Peter Lloyd, giving the PG Taylor address.

For more detail, see the 2017 program and the 2017 Safeskies Conference webcasting, where you can download and watch on-demand webcasts of the conference sessions.

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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.