The Safeskies 2019 program will include presentations by international keynote speakers and nationally recognised experts, as well as oral presentations.

Please see the Program at a Glance below. Program developments will be added over the coming weeks.

Tuesday 15 October 2019

17:30 – 18:30 Registration Desk Open  
18:30 – 20:00

Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture
Parliament House, Canberra

Speaker: Dr Fang Liu, Secretary General of ICAO

MC: Joe Hattley, Manager of Safeskies Australia

20:00 – 22:00

Conference Dinner – Supported by Boeing



Wednesday 16 October 2019

07:30 – 17:00 Registration Desk Open – National Convention Centre, Canberra  
08:30 – 08:45 Welcome and Conference Introduction

Peter Raven, Chairman of Safeskies Australia
CDRE Chris Smallhorn,
Vice-Chairman of Safeskies Australia
Linda Spurr,
Treasurer of Safeskies

08:45 – 09:00

Conference Opening

09:00 – 10:30

Session 1: Aviation Policy Group Discussion

Chair: Sir Angus Houston, Chancellor of University of Sunshine Coast

Shane Carmody, CEO of CASA
Jason Harfield, CEO of Airservices Australia
Dr Steven Kennedy, Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development

10:30 – 11:00

Morning Tea

11:00 – 11:40 Session 2: TBA

Chairperson: John Kay, D/CEO of NZCAA

Speaker: Peter Kearney, CEO of Irish CAA

11:40 – 12:30

Training for tomorrow – Panel discussion

Moderator: Patrick Murray, Aviation Australia

Adrian Young, Chief Pilot of Qantaslink/QF training academy
Stuart Aggs, Director Group Flight Operations of Virgin Australia
Dr Melanie Todd, Principal Human Factors Advisor of The Keil Centre

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch – Supported by AIPA/AFAP (AUSALPA)

13:30 – 15:00

Session 3:

Flying the world’s first electric Light Sport Aircraft

Training GA pilots for the future

Chair: Steven Campbell
Richard Charlton, 
CEO and Co-Founder of Electro-Aero

Lea Vesic, Innovation and Improvement Executive at Recreational Aviation Australia

15:00 – 15:30 Afternoon Tea  
15:30 – 17:00 Session 4: Dr Rob Lee Memorial System Safety/ Human Factors Panel Session

Moderator: Sue Burdekin

Dr Wayne Martin, Central Queensland University
Brent Hayward, Managing Director of D├ędale Asia Pacific
Dr Adam Fletcher

17:00 Close

Linda Spurr, Treasurer of Safeskies

18:00 Charity Networking Event – Hyatt Hotel courtyard

Live music by Canberra’s Mid Life Crisis

Thursday 17 October 2019

08:00 – 16:00

Registration Desk Open


08:00 – 08:45



08:45 – 09:00

Welcome and Intro to Day Two

CDRE Chris Smallhorn, Vice-Chairman of Safeskies Australia

09:00 – 10:30

Session 5:

Global Collaboration: Frontline Results

ATSB Investigator Recruitment – a different approach


Gretchen Haskins, CEO of Helioffshore

Greg Hood, Chief Commissioner of ATSB 
Kate Munari, 
Transport Safety Investigor of ATSB

10:30 – 11:00

ADF Aviation Safety Panel

11:00 – 12:30

Session 6:

ADF Aviation Safety Panel

Airservices Australia – Developments in ARFFS

Chair: Peter Norford


Heads of RAAF
Navy and Army Aviation

12:30 – 13:30


Meet the Experts – Concession (Students and new entrants) lunch

13:30 – 15:10

Session 7:

Topic TBA

Safety Preparations for Air Racing – Supported by QBE

Automation, a help or hindrance?


David Anderson, Flight Safety Foundation

Matt Hall, Red Bull Air Race Pilot


15:10 – 15:30 

Afternoon Tea

15:30 – 16:10

Session 8:

Developments in Cyber Security

Chair: Billy Nolen, Executive Manager of Group Safety & Health Qantas Airways

Speaker: Rich Davis

16:10 – 16:50 PG Taylor Address

Speaker: Captain Deborah Lawrie AM, Tiger Airways

16:50 – 17:45

Safeskies Networking Happy Hour

19:00 Conference Close

Captain Peter Raven AM, Chairman Safeskies Australia