National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Joins List Of Event
Bombardier expects record attendance
at its upcoming Safety Standdown 2007. The increasingly popular
seminar -- set for October 22-25 in Wichita, KS -- is also
broadening participation from the aviation industry, welcoming the
NTSB as an official event partner.
Now in its eleventh year, the free seminar schedule has expanded
to three full lecture days and will be accepting 500 attendees this
year -- an increase of 50 delegates -- to meet the overwhelming
Safety Standdown 2007 will also adopt a slightly different
format from years before and will open its doors to even more
aviation professionals, reflecting the ever-evolving need for
safety training in the industry. The event is organized annually in
partnership with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)
and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and now the NTSB who
have long supported the program.
"Like the aviation industry, Safety Standdown is continually
evolving," said Bob Agostino, director, flight operations,
Bombardier Business Aircraft. "Each year we are refining and
expanding our program to elevate awareness with respect to human
factors safety training, as illustrated by the addition of a human
factors workshop designed specifically for maintenance managers.
Through a proactive and community approach, we identify needs
within our industry and effectively raise awareness and offer the
best and most pertinent training possible. Our goal is to make all
of aviation safer for everyone."
The workshop portion of Safety Standdown will take place on
Monday, October 22, offering attendees practical seminars in:
CPR/AED training; crew member medical emergency training –
provided by MedAire; ditching and water egress training; and
International procedures workshops. New this year is a fifth
workshop designed specifically for maintenance managers, focusing
on human factors.
A keynote address by FAA associate administrator for aviation
safety, Nick Sabatini, will be followed by a prestigious line-up of
lecturers - including many of the industry’s leading
researchers, authors and medical authorities - taking accident
prevention training well beyond the simulator to include
knowledge-based training. Topics addressed will include Safety
Standdown core subjects like: Professional Airmanship; Advanced
Aerodynamics; Applied Aviation Psychology; Fatigue Countermeasures;
and Professionalism. New topics on the roster include Organizing
for High Reliability and "the Role of Non-Verbal Communication on
the Flight Deck."
"As an Original Equipment Manufacturer, Bombardier’s
commitment to safe skies extends to both its customers and the
aviation industry as a whole," noted James Hoblyn, senior
vice-president, customer experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft.
"Along with our industry partners, the NBAA, the FAA, and now the
NTSB, we are proud to share the knowledge, safety skills and
training expertise we have gained over a decade with all of our
peers in the aviation community."
Bombardier tells ANN the Safety Standdown is fully booked with
500 pilots, flight attendants and maintenance personnel
registered -- almost half of which are operators of
non-Bombardier aircraft. An additional 350 people are on a waiting
list to attend the event.