15–17 October 2019


Hyatt Hotel, Canberra

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


AeroPearl Pty Ltd – Aireon – 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 Regional Development and Communications – Dick Smith – L3 Harris – Northrop Grumman – Pilatus – Qantas – QBE Insurance – Qudos Bank – Recreational Aviation Australia – Rex Regional Airlines – Thales

Keynote speaker

Dr Fang Liu

Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization: Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture

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The conference opened 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.

For the first time, a dedicated conference app allowed Safeskies’ delegates to access extensive speaker and session information, as well as information about the venue and Canberra. The app also gave them the opportunity to participate more effectively in proceedings through its interactive question function.

Following sessions looked at human performance in complex systems, training and new technologies. A new session named to honour Dr Rob Lee, a longstanding Safeskies committee member and supporter, and world-leading SMS and HF expert, presented aviation human factors from a variety of perspectives.

Day 2 opened with overseas speaker, Gretchen Haskins, on the pleasing results from global helicopter safety collaboration, through Heli Offshore. Other day 2 sessions were devoted to drone technology: safety around airports and the legal aspects of drone operation.

Red Bull air race-winning pilot, Matt Hall, gave a lively account of his safety preparation for air racing, and the 2019 conference closed with Captain Deborah Lawrie (the first woman airline pilot for a major airline in Australia) giving the PG Taylor address.

Concurrently on day 1, Safeskies held its first safety managers’ forum.

For more detail, see the 2019 program

Safeskies 2019 presentations

Day 1
Peter Kearney

Human performance in complex systems

Patrick Murray

Training for tomorrow

Richard Charlton

Flying the world’s first electric light sport aircraft

Lea Vesic

A pilot in every home – Empowering a sustainable and progressive aviation and aerospace industry in Australia

Chris Deeble

Challenges of complex programs

Dr Wayne Martin

Dr Rob Lee memorial system safety/ human factors panel session

Brent Hayward

Dr Rob Lee memorial system safety/ human factors panel session

Dr Adam Fletcher

Dr Rob Lee memorial system safety/ human factors panel session

Adam Burford

Space-based surveillance

Day 2
Gretchen Haskins

Global collaboration: frontline results

Greg Hood

ATSB Investigator Recruitment – a different approach

Don Dezentje

ADF Aviation safety panel

Paul Stoddart and Luke Gumley

An Australian Government approach to enhancing drone detection at airports

David Anderson

Risk Management in the contract aviation sector

Matt Hall

Safety Preparations for air racing – supported by QBE

Rich Davis

Evolution of threats to aviation

Safeskies 2019 gallery

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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.