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The flying kangaroo celebrates 100 years

On 16 November 2020, Australia’s flagship carrier, Qantas Airways Limited, celebrates its 100th birthday.

CEO, Alan Joyce, says on a special site dedicated to the anniversary:  

‘It’s a remarkable and unlikely tale of how a humble air mail operation in outback Queensland became a national carrier flying over 50 million passengers a year. It’s a story of service – through peace, war, natural disaster and national celebration. It’s a story of innovation – from a 31-stop, 12-day flight to London, to operating the world’s first non-stop flights between Australia and Europe. But most of all, it’s a story shared by all Australians.’

Qantas and Safeskies share special links. Safeskies’ chairman for many years, emeritus president, and now patron, GA (Peter) Lloyd, also celebrates his 100th birthday in December 2020. Qantas have been longstanding Safeskies supporters and sponsors, from the first Safeskies conference in 1993 to the present day. Above all, there is shared focus on safety: ‘A century of safety’ 2020 safety briefing takes a nostalgic look at some of the airline’s past decades, and the Qantas innovations which have led to safer skies.

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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.