2016 SAFETY STANDDOWN
Many thanks to all who attended our tenth annual safety standdown, which was held at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia on May 5, 2016. GWBAA also thanks our keynote speaker, Robert Agostino; our other speakers; and our sponsors, listed below.
Additionally, many of our speakers kindly have made available copies of their presentations:
2015 SAFETY STANDDOWN
The Ninth Annual GWBAA Safety Standdown held at the NTSB Training Center in Virginia on April 30th and was a great success. The well-attended event was bolstered by impressive, dynamic and knowledgeable guest speakers
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2014 SAFETY STANDDOWN
The eighth annual GWBAA safety standdown was held on Thursday, May 1 at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia. The keynote speaker was Greg Feith, a former member of the NTSB and an aviation safety and security expert. With over 80 attendees GWBAA’s May 1st Safety Standdown was, by all measures, a big success.
The event started the night before with over half of the attendees enjoying a networking reception at the Lansdowne Resort. Excellent food and drink facilitated a collegial atmosphere and ability to get to know and be reacquainted with business aviation professionals from the area.
The next morning started with registration and breakfast sponsored by Gulfstream. Following opening remarks by GWBAA President Paige Kroner and Steve Brown of NBAA, Kyle Herbig took over the duties as MC and did an excellent job of keeping us on schedule. Dr. Paulo Alves of Medaire had two presentations, one focused on Hangar Safety and the other on Sleep Apnea and Fatigue. The main “take-away” from the Hangar Safety presentation is to have maintenance and hangar safety full integrated in your flight department’s Safety Management System (SMS). The principal take-away from the Sleep Apnea/Fatigue presentation is to include your individual Body Mass Index (BMI) as one additional factor in your personal safety checklist.
A mid-morning energy break was sponsored by ICG and was followed by Jim Cannon, representing the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), presenting an outline of the International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). Over 700 operators have been evaluated through the IS-BAO program and registered with IBAC. Whilst there are many ways to incorporate an SMS into your operation, IS-BAO is the only way recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal. Operators have used there IS-BAO registration to demonstrate SMS compliance when ramp-checked on international flights.
Following Jim’s excellent presentation, a full hot lunch sponsored by Bombardier was provided, followed by Greg Feith’s keynote address. Greg focused on what can be learned from analyzing the numerous accidents he has examined while a lead NTSB investigator. In addition to the many “lessons learned” Greg emphasized how important senior company leadership “buy in” is to safety. Without President/CEO support for the flight department safety program, you may be attempting to manage an unacceptable level of risk. Greg described it as a “major weak link in the start of an accident chain”.
Following the distribution of door prizes, 30 attendees remained to take part in the TWA 800 safety briefing, provided by NTSB.
If you have any ideas for topics or speakers for next year’s Standdown please contact Bob Blouin at email@example.com.
Thanks again to this year's sponsors:
2013 SAFETY STANDDOWN
Many thanks to all who attended and supported the standdown - copies of the presentations made at the event are available below.
The standdown also featured panels and speakers on:
GWBAA thanks its sponsors, including:
2012 SAFETY STANDDOWN
Other speakers included Andreas Bentz of Chantilly Air on OSHA issues; Jim Garland of Sharp Details on “Flight Plan for Excellence”; Shannon Forrest of FlightSafety International on crew resource management; and Cynthia Keegan of the NTSB on TWA 800. Additionally, at the end of the forum, Harry Houckes awarded the NBAA’s Silk Scarf Award to GWBAA President Paige Kroner, for her contributions to the business aviation community.
GWBAA thanks its sponsors, including:
2011 SAFETY STANDDOWN
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association hosted its 5th annual Safety Standdown at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia on June 23, 2011. The Standdown provided multiple speakers to help educate and promote a safety culture in our industry.
The next speakers comprised a Safety Management Systems panel, specifically Lucille Fisher of Quality Resources, Norman Schweizer of the General Services Administration, and Rick Krens of the FAA. They gave us insight into SMS processes. Additionally, Shannon Forrest from FlightSafety International gave us a very charismatic presentation on Crew Resource Management (CRM) and the dangers of overreliance on automation.
“This year’s safety standdown was the best ever,” said Paige Kroner, GWBAA President. “Attendees had a day of incredible insight from industry professionals and government entities. Not to mention access to an incredible day of learning and networking. I am delighted that this event grows and gains momentum each year. I extend my thanks to all of our sponsors, speakers, and volunteers who contributed to our success.”
This year’s sponsors included: Gulfstream (registration and breakfast); Satcom Direct (energy break); Bombardier (lunch); TISMA (NTSB facility); Dassault Falcon (printed materials); ARINC Direct, Chantilly Air, FlightSafety International, Hawker Beechcraft, Landmark Aviation, NBAA, Rockwell Collins, Signature Flight Support, and WorldFuel Services and affiliated companies (safety). GWBAA also thanks its hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton Sterling – Dulles, and French Connections Catering.
2010 SAFETY STANDDOWN
GWBAA held its fourth annual Safety Standdown at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia on May 20, 2010. Speakers addressed the attendees on a variety of key safety topics for aviation professionals.
AOPA Air Safety Foundation President Bruce Landsberg talked about the growing number and complexity of the FARs in the Aeronautical Information Manual and the need to avoid distractions when flying, citing the recent Colgan Air accident.
| Bob Agostino, “father” of the national safety
standdown, makes one of many good points during
his presentation to the GWBAAattendees