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20–21 September 2022


Hyatt Hotel, Canberra

Conference dinner and Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture: Australian Parliament House


Major supporters

Airservices Australia – Civil Aviation Safety Authority – Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communication and the Arts – Thales

Travel Partner


Education Partner



Aireon – Air Sport Australia Confederation – Australian Airline Pilots’ Association – Australian and International Pilots Association – Australian Federation of Airline Pilots – Australian Transport Safety Bureau – Boeing Australia – Canberra Airport – Department of Defence – Dick Smith – Flight Safety Foundation – L3 Harris – Lockheed Martin – Recreational Aviation Australia – Sinab – SkyKraft – SystemIQ – Wing Aviation

With the National Day of Mourning declared on 22 September in remembrance of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, day two of the conference was postponed.

Thanks to the support of our education partners, RMIT University, day 2 of Safeskies 2022 was delivered virtually on 17 and 24 November.

Keynote speakers
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Andre Stein

CEO Eve Air Mobility
Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture

Safeskies is delighted to announce that 2022’s Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture will be given by Andre Stein, CEO of Eve Air Mobility. In keeping with the 2022 theme: ‘Sharing the skies safely’, Stein will talk about Embraer’s e-VTOLs and the future of urban air mobility.

André Stein, CEO of Eve Air Mobility, has 25 years of experience in aviation, and has led Embraer’s urban air mobility initiative since its inception. He was one of EmbraerX’s co-founders and has served in leadership roles at Embraer that span strategy, product development, new business, market intelligence and sales. He led Embraer’s commercial aviation product and market strategy throughout the development and market introduction of the E175+—the absolute leader in regional aviation, the award-winning E-Jets E2 family of commercial jets and sponsoring Embraer’s first R&D initiatives towards electric and autonomous aviation.

Previously, he led Embraer’s strategic marketing efforts in the Asia-Pacific, achieving Embraer’s first commercial and executive jets sales in the region, and later restructuring sales and marketing in Latin America, to win the region’s market leadership.

Stein hails from the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University, Chicago, and gained his mechanical engineering qualifications from one of Latin America’s leading universities, the Brazilian State University of Campinas, more commonly known as Unicamp. He is an avid traveller who is passionate about mobility, and has accumulated considerable multicultural experience from living and working in Australia, Singapore, Silicon Valley and Brazil.

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Dr Peter Kearney

Chief Executive of the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA)

Dr Peter Kearney became Chief Executive of the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) in 2018, having held several managerial positions in the IAA’s air traffic management operational division after joining the IAA as an air traffic controller in 1998.

Peter received his PhD in Future Air Traffic Management Systems from Cranfield University in 2020. His PhD research focused on the design and deployment of advanced air traffic management (ATM) systems to ensure their enhanced safety and efficiency by placing the air traffic controller at the heart of the design. Peter holds an MSc in Human Factors and Safety Assessment in Aeronautics (Cranfield University), a BSc. (Hons) Business Management (Trinity College Dublin), and is a Harvard Business School graduate.

As CEO of the IAA, Peter is overseeing the restructure of the organisation into two separate legal entities. The new IAA will solely be responsible for safety regulation, while the air navigation service provider (ASNP) is transferring to a newly incorporated semi-state company to be known as AirNav Ireland. Under the restructure Peter will transfer to CEO of AirNav Ireland.

Peter is a key advocate of the IAA’s successful Remote Towers Project (which won the Single European Sky Award in 2017). The trial involved the testing of remote tower services operated by one controller in Dublin for Cork and Shannon airports. 

Peter is involved in the IAA’s interest in Aireon, the world’s first satellite-based air traffic surveillance system. The Aireon ALERT project was awarded the CANSO Global Safety Achievement Award 2020 for its significant contribution to reducing aviation risk and has directly contributed to saving eleven lives to date.

Committed to strategic collaboration, Peter is currently chairman of the COOPANS Alliance, currently Europe’s most advanced ATM system, and the co-operative partnership of ATM systems of six European ASNPs: Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Ireland, Portugal and Sweden. 

With a keen interest in aviation, Peter is also a qualified helicopter pilot.


As the world, and aviation in particular rebuilt after the devastation of COVID-19, Safeskies 2022 explored the theme of ‘Sharing the skies safely’.

The conversation focused on the safe integration of traditional and new forms of aviation.

During the conference, attendees heard from some of Australia’s most respected leaders in fields such as politics, science, airline operations, uncrewed aircraft, new space technology, health and more.

Safeskies 2022 presentations

Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture

Andre Stein co-CEO Eve Air Mobility, delivered the 2022 Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture.

PG Taylor Address

Air Chief Marshal (ret.) Mark Binskin, chair of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, gave the 2022 PG Taylor address.

The PG Taylor address honours Australian pilot, navigator and writer, Sir Patrick Gordon Taylor (1896-1966). Born in Mosman, Sydney and educated at The Armidale School, he joined the Royal Flying Corps in August 2016, after rejection by the Australian Flying Corps. He was awarded the Military Cross in July 2017, and promoted to captain, later writing, ‘I deplored the killing and all the other evils of war’.

After the war, he returned to Australia, flying as a private pilot, studied aerial navigation, and also flew as a captain with Australian National Airlines Ltd.

He was second pilot and navigator in the Fokker Southern Cross on Sir Charles Kingsford Smith’s 1933 and 1934 flights (Australia-New Zealand-Australia) and navigator aboard Charles Ulm’s Avro Ten Faith in Australia for two flights in 1933 (Australia-England-Australia).

On 15 May 1935 Taylor was Kingsford Smith’s navigator in the Southern Cross for the King George V jubilee airmail flight (Australia-New Zealand). After flying for six hours, the heavily laden aircraft had almost reached half-way when part of the centre engine’s exhaust manifold broke off and severely damaged the starboard propeller. ‘Smithy’ closed down the vibrating starboard engine, applied full power to the other two, turned back to Australia and jettisoned the cargo. The oil pressure on the port engine began to fall alarmingly. The flight appeared doomed.

Taylor reacted heroically. Climbing out of the fuselage, he edged his way against the strong slipstream along the engine connecting strut and collected oil from the disabled starboard engine in the casing of a thermos flask. He then transferred it to the port engine. With assistance from the wireless operator, John Stannage, he carried out this procedure six times before the aircraft landed safely at Mascot some nine hours later. For his resourcefulness and courage, Taylor was awarded the Empire Gallantry Medal (today’s equivalent of the George Cross) in 1937.

He saw service again during WWII, ferrying aircraft first with the RAAF, and then the RAF.

Taylor was also a writer, publishing eight books: the first Pacific Flight in 1935, and the last Sopwith Scout 7309 in 1968.

Awarded the 1951 Oswald Watt gold medal for his Australia-South America flight and the Johnson memorial trophy of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators, London (1951 and 1952), Taylor was knighted in 1954 (and known as Sir Gordon). He died in Queen’s Hospital, Honolulu, on 15 December 1966.

Adapted from: The Australian Dictionary of Biography – Keith Isaacs

Day 1

Safeskies 2022 Session one

Aviation Policy Group Discussion – Moderated by Dr Brendan Nelson AO:

  • AIRCDRE Joseph Medved – Director General, Defence Aviation Safety Authority
  • Pip Spence – CEO CASA
  • Jason Harfield – CEO Airservices Australia
  • James Wolff – Department of Infrastructure

Safeskies 2022 Session two

Dr Peter Kearney CEO Irish Aviation Authority and chair of COOPANS: ‘Safe integration of increasingly complex airspace’.

Panel facilitated by Greenbird Consortium – Moderated by Sara Hales, managing director, Greenbird ‘Leveraging aviation safety standards to build consumer confidence in emerging air mobility systems.’:

  • Jia Le Koh – Skyports Asia Pacific
  • Tim Ryley – Professor of Aviation, Griffith University
  • Andrew Moore – Co-Founder and CEO, AMSL Aero

AVM Mark Skidmore (ret) AM – Chairman Skykraft

Safeskies 2022 Session three

Grant Williams Technical Director, Airspace Mobility Solutions, Thales Group Australia ‘Cyber-securing Australian airspace’

Regulation and new technology moderated by Jackie Dujmovic:

  • Dr Reece Clothier – Boeing ‘Closing the gap – enabling safe aerospace innovation’
  • Dr Rob Weaver – Eve Air Mobility ‘Building the urban air mobility ecosystem’
  • Zachary Kennedy – Swoop Aero ‘Making access to the skies seamless’

Safeskies 2022 Session four

Safety investigation – civil and military moderated by Greg Hood, Deputy Chair and Chair of Board Safety Committee, Airservices Australia:

  • Robert Sumwalt – former head of the US NTSB <virtual>
  • Angus Mitchell – Chief commissioner ATSB Group
  • Captain Dennis Tan – Director Defence Flight Safety Bureau
  • Jane Meares – Chief commissioner New Zealand Transport Accidents Investigation Commission
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


Webinar One – 17 November 2022

Welcome – Professor Jennifer Palmer, Associate Dean, Aerospace & Aviation | School of Engineering

Introduction – Chris McKie – Board member, Safeskies Australia

Airline heads of safety panel

  • Michael Chapman Jetstar
  • Amanda Drake Alliance Airlines
  • Anthony Gibara Rex Airlines
  • Chris McKie Virgin Australia

Recreational aviation safety session – Cody Calder, Head of Safety RAAus

ADF heads of aviation safety session –
Introduced and moderated by CDRE Chris Smallhorn (ret.)
‘Current and future safety challenges for Defence aviation’

  • ACDRE Nathan Christie RAAF
  • MAJGEN Steve Jobson
  • CDRE David Frost Commander Fleet Air Arm

Closing remarks – Margo Marchbank – Manager Safeskies

Webinar Two – 24 November 2022

Welcome – Lea Vesic Director – Aviation Academy RMIT

Introduction – Chris Smallhorn – Deputy chairman, webinar facilitator, Safeskies Australia

Introduction to the Dr Rob Lee Memorial session – System safety – Susan Burdekin

Dr. Rob Lee Memorial Session:

  • Timothy Hudson Hudson Consulting: ‘Improving safety management approaches using underlying structures in the safety culture ladder’
  • Dr Kevin McMurtrie UNSW: ‘Just culture – an enabler of trust and confidence for voluntary reporting, or a utopian ideology?’
  • Dr Louise Raggett: ‘Marrying Safety I and Safety II approaches – A practical application of new methods in aviation ground operations’

Introduction to HF and training session David Anderson – Flight Safety Foundation

Training and human factors:

  • Denis Manson ‘Human factors in the metaverse – virtual training spaces for non-technical skill development’
  • Allison McDonald ‘Human-centred design for emerging technologies’
  • Shane Tobin ‘Upset prevention and recovery training – stick and rudder problem or human factors problem?’

Closing remarks – Margo Marchbank – Manager Safeskies

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

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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.