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

View the Lecture Remark here

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 System

View Peter Kearney’s presentation here

Speaker: Peter Kearney, CEO of Irish CAA

11:40 – 12:30

Training for tomorrow – Panel discussion

View the presentation here

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

View Richard Charlton’s presentation here

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 

View Lea Vesic’s presentation here

Lea Vesic, Recreational Aviation Australia


Challenges of Complex Programs

View Chris Deeble’s presentation here

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

View Wayne Martin’s presentation here
View Brent Hayward’s presentation here
View Adam Fletcher’s presentation here

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

16:30 – 17:00

Space Based surveillance

View Adam Burford’s presentation here

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

View Gretchen Haskins’ presentation here

Gretchen Haskins, CEO of Helioffshore


ATSB Investigator Recruitment – a different approach

View Greg Hood and Kate Munari’s presentation here

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

View Don Dezentje’s presentation here

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

View Paul Stoddart and Luke Gumley’s presentation here

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

View David Anderson’s presentation here

David Anderson, Flight Safety Foundation


Safety Preparations for Air Racing – Supported by QBE

View Matt Hall’s presentation here

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

View Rich Davis’ presentation here

Chair: Safeskies Board Member

Speaker: Rich Davis

16:10 – 16:50

PG Taylor Address

View Deborah Lawrie’s presentation here

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