Bombardier Safety Standdown Celebrates Decade Of Sharing Vital Air Travel Safety Knowledge

U.S.FAA and NBAA pledge support for annual event

After ten continuous years of improving air safety knowledge, Bombardier’s Safety Standdown, set for October 2-5, 2006 in Wichita, continues to break new ground in tackling the leading cause of aviation accidents – human error.

“Over the past 40 years, aircraft design and support systems have developed at an extraordinary rate; however the need for knowledge-based pilot training has not kept pace industry-wide,” said Bob Agostino, director, flight operations, Bombardier Business Aircraft.  “The whole genesis of Safety Standdown revolves around the question of how to prevent human error.”

This year’s Safety Standdown will feature the support and involvement of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the National Business Aviation Association.

“The NBAA is honored to join with Bombardier on its 10th annual Safety Standdown. This outstanding industry event offers some of the most relevant and timely safety information designed to make business aviation as safe as possible,” said Ed Bolen, NBAA President and CEO. “We are pleased to take part in this important initiative,” he added.

The annual three-day intensive seminar, which attracts many of the industry’s leading researchers, authors and medical authorities, takes accident prevention training well beyond the simulator to include knowledge-based training in areas such as fatigue, nutrition and psychological factors. Keynote addresses by FAA associate administrator for aviation safety, Nick Sabatini, and NBAA’s Ed Bolen, will be followed by an action-packed line-up of lectures and workshops, inspired by surveys of pilots’ priorities. 

The range of subjects include medical training, in-flight fire fighting, aircraft evacuations on land and in water, high-altitude physiology (hypoxia), fatigue countermeasures, runway incursions, icing and use of airborne weather radar. Pilots also benefit from the professional experience of living legends such as Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon.

“Bombardier has a longstanding commitment to improving air travel safety worldwide. We recognize that safety is about more than exceptional aircraft performance, and we are pleased to extend the advanced knowledge and safety skills training expertise we have gained over many years to the broader aviation community,” noted James Hoblyn, vice-president, Bombardier Business Aircraft.

Less than two months away, Safety Standdown is fully booked with 450 pilots and crewmembers registered -- almost half of which are operators of non-Bombardier aircraft. A further 100 more people are on a waiting list to attend the event.

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Leo Knaapen
Manager, communications
Bombardier Business Aircraft