Bombardier to Launch Latin American Safety Standdown at LABACE 2010

São Paulo event modeled after successful annual gathering in Wichita and Geneva

Bombardier Aerospace today announced that the highly acclaimed Bombardier Safety Standdown, held annually in Wichita, Kansas, since 1996, and in Geneva, Switzerland since 2007, will also take place this year in Brazil.

The Latin American Safety Standdown is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, August 11, on the eve of the opening of the 7th annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE), at the Hilton Morumbi Hotel in São Paulo.

“LABACE is a perfect platform to reach the growing Latin American aviation community, as well as operators in the region,” said Steve Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The need for knowledge-based training in the industry is constant and with established annual seminars now in North America, Europe and Latin America, the Safety Standdown message will reach key audiences worldwide.”

The first Latin American Safety Standdown will feature a line-up of internationally renowned presenters: Captain Gene Cernan, United States Navy (ret.), Commander, Apollo 17; Dr. Tony Kern, President and Chief Executive Officer, Convergent Performance, LLC on professional airmanship; Dr. Paulo Alves, Vice President, Aviation and Maritime Health, MedAire, on travel health and fatigue management; Antonio Cortes, Flight Safety Analyst, Headquarters U.S. Air Force Safety Center, on safety leadership and Rick Rowe, Chief Pilot, Flight Operations, Bombardier Business Aircraft, on Safety Standdown fundamentals.

Safety Standdown is the first safety program of its kind that is developed primarily for professionals in the business aviation community, and to date, no other safety event held in Latin America has focused so exclusively on this industry. The world-class conference provides attendees with unprecedented insight into the human factors that cause errors in judgment and the latest training approaches, beyond the regulatory skill-based training, in order to avoid them.

This initiative can benefit all operators - regardless of the type of aircraft they fly or its manufacturer– as they discover first-hand how they can apply the latest safety intelligence and expertise to their operations.

Bombardier pioneering safety worldwide
Originally conceived as a safety-training event for the Learjet flight demonstration team, the conference quickly gained a reputation for excellence beyond Bombardier’s customer base. In 1999, growing interest prompted Bombardier to open the event to all pilots – whether corporate, commercial or military.

Safety Standdown has been endorsed by top  aeronautical training institutions for the quality and depth of its content. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the National Test Pilot School and NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) all offer continuing education credits to all attendees. As of May 2010, over 4,200 pilots, crew members, safety specialists and industry officials have graduated from Safety Standdown.

Bombardier Safety Standdown seminars are now held in the United States, Europe, Latin America and as part of the Bombardier M&Os in Asia.

On-line registration and additional details are available at

About Bombardier
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Preliminary Agenda:

Opening Remarks:

Puja Mahajan, Director, Flight Operations, Bombardier Business Aircraft

Capt. Francisco Lyra, Chief Executive Officer, ABAG

Mrs. Solange Paiva Vieira, Director President, ANAC

Safety Standdown Fundamentals:

Rick Rowe, Chief Pilot, Flight Operations, Bombardier Business Aircraft  

Professional Airmanship:

Dr. Tony Kern, President and Chief Executive Officer, Convergent Performance, LLC

Travel Health & Fatigue Management:

Dr. Paulo Alves, Vice President, Aviation and Maritime Health, MedAire

Safety Leadership:

Antonio Cortes, Flight Safety Analyst, Headquarters U.S. Air Force Safety Center

Closing Address:

Capt. Gene Cernan, Commander Apollo 17, United States Navy (ret.), Last man to walk on the moon