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  
18:00 – 18:45

APH Pre-dinner Drinks – Supported by Regional Express Airlines

Music by Canberra Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble

18:45 – 20:00

Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture
Presented by Dr. Fang Liu, Secretary General of ICAO
Introduction by Capt. Craig Bomben, Vice President of Flight Operations, Boeing Test & Evaluation

MC: Joe Hattley, Safeskies Australia

20:00 – 22:00

Conference Dinner – Supported by Boeing



Wednesday 16 October 2019

07:30 – 17:00 Registration Desk Open – Hyatt Hotel Canberra  
08:30 – 08:45 Welcome and Conference Introduction

Captain Peter Raven, Chairman Safeskies Australia
Linda Spurr,
Safeskies Australia

08:45 – 09:00

Conference Opening

Deputy Prime Minister The Hon. Michael McCormack MP
09:00 – 10:30

Session 1

Chair: John Gissing, Group Executive of Associated Airlines and Services
Moderator: Sir Angus Houston, Chancellor of University of Sunshine Coast


Aviation Policy Group Discussion

Pip Spence, Acting Secretary, Dept. of Infrastructure
Shane Carmody, 
Jason Harfield, CEO of Airservices Australia
Air Vice-Marshal Joe Iervasi, Air Commander Australia

10:30 – 11:00

Morning Tea – Supported by Aeropearl

11:00 – 11:40 Session 2

Chair: Mark Hughes, Deputy Director Air Transport and Airworthiness of CAANZ

  Human Performance in Complex Systems

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:

Chair: Paul Fisher, General Manager of Flight Operations and Chief Pilot, Regional Express Airlines



Flying the world’s first electric Light Sport Aircraft

Richard Charlton, CEO and Co-Founder of Electro-Aero


A pilot in every home – Empowering a sustainable and progressive aviation and aerospace industry in Australia 

Lea Vesic, Recreational Aviation Australia


Topic TBA

Chris Deeble, CEO Northrop Grumman Australia

15:00 – 15:30 Afternoon Tea  
15:30 – 16:30 Session 4:

Chair: Safeskies Board Member
Moderator: Sue Burdekin

  Dr Rob Lee Memorial System Safety/ Human Factors Panel Session

Dr Wayne Martin, Central Queensland University
Brent Hayward, Managing Director of Dédale Asia Pacific
Dr Adam Fletcher, CEO Integrated Safety Support

16:30 – 17:00 Space Based surveillance

Adam Burford, Business Development Manager of Aireon

17:00 Close

Linda Spurr, Safeskies

18:00 Charity Networking Event at Hyatt Hotel courtyard – Supported by Pilatus

Live music by Canberra’s Mid Life Crisis


Thursday 17 October 2019

08:00 – 16:00

Registration Desk Open – Hyatt Hotel Canberra


08:00 – 08:45



08:45 – 09:00

Welcome and Intro to Day Two

CDRE Chris Smallhorn, Vice-Chairman Safeskies Australia

09:00 – 10:30

Session 5:

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



Global Collaboration: Frontline Results

Gretchen Haskins, CEO of Helioffshore


ATSB Investigator Recruitment – a different approach

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

10:30 – 11:00

Morning Tea

11:00 – 12:00

Session 6:

ADF Aviation Safety Panel

Chair: Hugh Rodrick, Technical Director ATM of Thales Australia
Moderator: GPCAPT (Rtd.) Peter Norford

AIRCDRE Guy Wilson, Deputy Air Commander Australia
Brig John Fenwick, Director General Aviation
CDRE Don Dezentje, Commander Fleet Air Arm

12:00 – 12:30

An Australian Government approach to enhancing drone detection at airports

Paul Stoddart, Airservices Australia
Luke Gumley, CASA

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch – Supported by Thales

Emerging Leaders Lunch – Meet the Experts 
Concession (Students and new entrants) lunch – Supported by Dick Smith AC

13:30 – 14:30

Session 7:

Chair: Steven Campbell, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister



Risk Management in the Contract Aviation Sector

David Anderson, Flight Safety Foundation


Safety Preparations for Air Racing – Supported by QBE

Matt Hall, 2019 World Champion Red Bull Air Race

1430 – 15:15

Pilots, Drones and Lawyers: Where are we now?

 Gerard Forlin, Cornerstone Barristers UK

15:15 – 15:30 

Afternoon Tea

15:30 – 16:10

Session 8:

Evolution of Threats to Aviation

Chair: Safeskies Board Member

Speaker: Rich Davis

16:10 – 16:50 PG Taylor Address

Introduction: GPCAPT (Rtd.) Peter Norford

Speaker: Captain Deborah Lawrie AM, Tiger Airways

16:50 – 17:00

Close of Day 2 

Captain Peter Raven AM, Chairman Safeskies Australia
CDRE Chris Smallhorn, Vice-Chairman Safeskies Australia
17:00 – 18:00

Safeskies Networking Happy Hour
– Supported by Qudos Bank