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September 06, 2016

Bombardier Safety Standdown Celebrates 20 years of Leadership in Aviation Safety

  • Forward-thinking agenda to cover new topics such as aviation security, preventing collisions with drones, the impact of people and perceptions on work
  • New key speakers this year include Tom Anthony from the University of Southern California, Amy Grubb from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Jim Williams from Dentons US

Bombardier Business Aircraft revealed today the topics and speakers that will contribute to marking the 20th anniversary of its annual Safety Standdown event. One of the most comprehensive human factors safety conferences in the industry, this year’s event will take place September 27-29, at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Wichita, Kansas.

Registration for the seminar is now open and we look forward to welcoming all aviation professionals regardless of the aircraft type they operate. The Safety Standdown program continues to tackle the risks posed to aviation safety by everyday distractions. General Sessions presented by key industry experts will cover a range of relevant safety topics, such as professionalism and crew resource management, as well as brand new topics that include aviation security, preventing collisions with drones, the impact of people and perceptions on work. Sessions will take place in the mornings and breakout workshops will be offered in the afternoons.

One of the highlights of this year’s seminar will be the presentation of the Bombardier Safety Standdown Award. The 2016 recipient will be a peer-nominated professional who sets the highest standards for safety in aviation.

“We are proud to celebrate this major milestone with our customers and other aviation professionals,” said Andy Nureddin, Vice-President and General Manager, Customer Services, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “This significant achievement reflects the growth of the industry as a whole, and the necessity for effective and accessible safety training for all operators. With the help and support of our industry and government experts, Bombardier Business Aircraft continues to bring the most current and most pertinent information to the aviation community,” he added.
“Each year we refine and expand our program to elevate awareness with respect to human factors safety training,” said Antonio Cortés, Associate Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Safety Standdown Advisory Council Chairman.
“Through a proactive and community approach, we identify needs within our industry and offer the best and most pertinent training possible. Our goal is to make all of aviation safer for everyone.”

About Safety Standdown

Originally conceived in 1996 as a human factors safety-training event for the Learjet flight demonstration team, the conference quickly garnered a reputation for excellence beyond Bombardier’s customer base. In 1999, in response to growing interest within the industry, Bombardier opened the seminar to all pilots. In 2010, Safety Standdown expanded beyond the seminars into a year-round global human factors program offering online and social media resources. As of October 2015, more than 8,600 corporate, commercial and military aviation professionals have attended Safety Standdown seminars around the world, including Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, Switzerland and USA.

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Mark Masluch - Director, Communications & Public Affairs

Mark Masluch

Director, Communications & Public Affairs