Bombardier, NBAA, EBAA Launch European Safety Standdown At Ebace

Geneva event modeled after successful annual gathering in Wichita

Bombardier Aerospace, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) today announced that the highly acclaimed Bombardier Safety Standdown, held annually in Wichita, Kansas, since 1996, will also take place this year in Europe.

The European Safety Standdown is scheduled to be held on Friday, May 25, in Geneva, Switzerland, at the Crowne Plaza Geneva Hotel, following the conclusion of the 7th annual European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE).

“The Bombardier Safety Standdown is designed to make every single pilot – regardless of what type of aircraft they fly – more aware and therefore safer, by exposing them to information that is critical for safe flight and otherwise not offered in any other structured program,” said Bob Agostino, director flight operations, Bombardier Business Aircraft and creator of Safety Standdown. “Over the past decade, Safety Standdown has evolved into one of the largest and most comprehensive safety conferences in the industry. We, along with our EBAA and NBAA colleagues, think the time is right to expand and offer the program to the growing European aviation community.”

Safety Standdown Europe is a first-of-its-kind safety program developed primarily for professionals in the business aviation community. To date, no other safety event held in Europe has focused so exclusively on this industry. “Safety is a top priority for business aviation and a focus at this year’s EBACE. This superb initiative can benefit all European operators – indeed, the entire aviation community,” declared EBAA chief executive officer Brian Humphries.
“I encourage pilots and flight department managers to extend their visit to EBACE and attend this first-ever European event to discover first-hand how they may apply the latest intelligence about safety to their operations.”

Safety Standdown’s pioneering approach to safety training focuses on developing the human half of the man-machine interface. By identifying and researching shortfalls in traditional skills-based training, the seminar provides pilots, aircrew and flight departments with insight into those factors that precipitate errors in judgment and highlights ways to mitigate them.

“With our new European event, we hope to build on the strong Safety Standdown model developed in Wichita by Bombardier. Like the Wichita event, this first seminar will offer some of the most relevant and timely safety information available anywhere today,” noted NBAA president and chief operating officer Ed Bolen.

Bombardier pioneering safety worldwide
Originally conceived as a safety-training event for the Bombardier Learjet flight demonstration department, the conference quickly gained a reputation for excellence beyond Bombardier’s customer base. In 2000, ever-growing interest prompted Bombardier to open the event to all pilots – whether corporate, commercial or military.

As of November 2006, over 2,000 pilots, crewmembers, safety specialists and industry officials have graduated from Safety Standdown. It has been endorsed by top aeronautical training institutions for the quality and depth of its content, with both Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the National Test Pilot School offering continuing education credits to all attendees.

Now, with the annual autumn event firmly established as an aviation industry pillar, Bombardier is keen to spread its safety message into Europe.

According to Bob Agostino, the decision to expand into Europe arrives at the right time. “Typically, some 10-15 per cent of all attendees at the Wichita seminar are based outside the United States, mostly from Europe, so we recognize the growing international interest,” he observed. “EBACE provides an ideal platform to formally stage a suitable event for the European community that nicely complements our larger four-day seminar, on schedule for October 22-25 in Wichita.”

“As in Wichita, the European Safety Standdown in Geneva is offered free-of-charge to all flight departments, regardless of the type of aircraft they operate,” added Mr. Agostino. “All program materials and meals are provided by Bombardier, NBAA and EBAA – and I can say we have a superb line-up of internationally acclaimed speakers and presenters. Space is limited, so I recommend those interested register as soon as possible.”

On-line registration and additional details are available at

EBACE is a joint venture partnership between EBAA and NBAA that has rapidly developed into the premier show for business aviation in Europe. With over 10,000 attendees expected in Geneva this year, it will be held from May 22 to 24. Further information is available at

About EBAA
EBAA promotes excellence and professionalism amongst its members, facilitating the application of best practice and the highest standards of operational safety and efficiency.
The primary representative of business aviation at the European institutions, EBAA influences the regulatory processes by actively participating in consultancy hearings, promoting the importance of business aviation to the European economy, and demonstrating that business aviation is a partner with the airlines as an alternative choice for business travelers. Further information is available at

About NBAA
Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association, Inc. (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 8,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at

About Bombardier
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2007, were $14.8 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at

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For media information
Danielle Boudreau
Bombardier Business Aircraft 

Dan Hubbard

Safety Standdown EUROPE– Important Details

Information and registration:

On-line registration and additional details:

Dawn Pepperd
Wichita : 316-946-7240

Preliminary Agenda:

Opening Remarks:         
Robert Agostino, Director Flight Operations, Bombardier Business Aircraft

Ed Bolen, President and Chief Operating Officer, National Business Aircraft Association 

Brian Humphries, Chief Executive Officer, European Business Aviation Association

Safety Standdown Fundamentals:   
Robert Agostino, Director Flight Operations, Bombardier Business Aircraft

Professional Airmanship:  Dr. Tony Kern, CEO / President, Convergent Knowledge Solutions

Fatigue Countermeasures: Dr. Mark Rosekind, President, Alertness Solutions

Aviation Psychology: Jerry Berlin, Aviation Psychologist

Closing Address: Capt. Gene Cernan, former NASA astronaut –and the last man to walk on the moon.