Intentionally Safe at center of next Safety Standdown



Bombardier Business Aircraft has confirmed the dates for the next edition of its Safety Standdown. The 21st edition will take place on October 31 through November 2 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Wichita, KS.

According to a company statement, this year, the seminar will focus on being intentionally safe. Operating an aircraft safely is a choice, and requires intentional focus and action at every level of a flight department. To be intentionally safe is to be deliberate in adopting practices and following procedures that continuously improve the level of safety in aircraft operations.

“To be intentionally safe is to ensure everything aviation professionals do in their operation is accomplished with a conscious safety focus,” further explains Bombardier Business Aircraft Customer Support and Training VP Andy Nureddin. “In the many years I have been involved with the Safety Standdown program, the goal has been to bring safety awareness to the forefront. Experts provide us with effective new tools to reduce aviation safety risks, improve procedures and processes and deliver explicit methods for improving personal situational awareness and judgment. We have created a community of aviation professionals committed to lifelong learning and imparting higher standards of safety and professionalism throughout the industry.”

“Whether you’re sitting in the cockpit or turning a wrench, you can never be too prepared. Taking time to step back and review the basics helps keep safety first,” adds FAA Aviation Safety Associate Administrator Ali Bahrami.

Aviation safety requires vigilance and diligence and programs like Bombardier’s Safety Standdown help aviators keep their focus on safety,” comments NTSB Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt.

This year’s education sessions include five new key speakers, including:

  • FAA Senior Aviation Medical Examiner and  Federal Medical Review Officer in forensic toxicology Dr. Allen J. Parmet;
  • Service Elements Founder, President & CEO, and Facilitator Bob Hobbi
  • Blue Angels Commanding Officer Greg Wooldridge
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Factors and Systems Scott Shappell
  • Safety Management Resources Corporation VP Mark Briggs

Returning this year and presenting during the general sessions are Convergent Performance Founding Partner & CEO Tony Kern and Federal Bureau of Investigation Senior Industrial/Organizational Psychologist Amy D. Grubb.

In addition to covering a range of significant safety topics, such as professionalism and crew resource management, this year’s general sessions, presented by key industry experts, will focus on intentional acts that improve aircraft safety in daily operations. Each presenter will provide tools and tips for attendees to use and share with colleagues. Sessions will take place in the mornings and breakout workshops will be offered in the afternoons.