Safety Standdown Returns to Brazil for 2013

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that the theme for this year’s edition of Safety Standdown Latin America will be Professionalism in aviation. Returning once again to the Grand Hyatt São Paulo Hotel, São Paulo, Brazil, the two-day seminar takes place August 12 and 13 just before the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE).

“Professionalism in operations is the key to maintaining our industry’s enviable safety record, and with the Latin American market continuing to grow, hosting this free-to-attend seminar just before LABACE provides us with the perfect opportunity to share the principles of Safety Standdown with a wide audience of industry professionals,” said Steve Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “With Safety Standdown seminars taking place all over the world, we’re confident that this unique, but essential, knowledge-based training is reaching key growing markets for business aviation. Safety is the entire industry’s responsibility – that is why Safety Standdown is accessible to all aviation professionals.”

A highlight presenter Dr. Tony Kern of Convergent Performance LLC, who helps the industry better overcome human error incidents, previewed his lecture, saying, “The largest untapped resource in the aviation world today, is the difference between the levels at which we are currently operating, and at what we are capable of. The gap is not closed by meeting minimum regulatory requirements, it is closed through enhancing professionalism.”

Other presenters, workshops and general session topics include: “International Flight Considerations and Flight Planning, and Cold Weather Operations and High Elevation Operations” presented by business aircraft demonstration pilots from Bombardier's Flight Operations; “Aircraft Performance: Is It Legal, Is It Safe, Is It Smart?” presented by Dr. Dan Boedigheimer Ph.D.; “Contemporary CRM” presented by Pat Daily; “Safety Management Systems: Team Approach” presented by Russ Hellstern; “How Much Safety Do You Need? A Bottom Up Look at What You Have, What You Need, and How to Fix the Difference” presented Dr. Tony Kern; “Flight Discipline” presented by Pat Daily; “Immediate Action Required: Can we reverse the trend in Runway Safety Events?” presented by Jason Taussig, “International Airport Operations; The Healthy Pilot…Coping with Stresses in Aviation” presented by Associate Professor Glenn Harmon, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Safety Standdown is the first program of its kind that is developed primarily for professionals in the aviation industry, and to date, no other safety event held in Latin America has had such an exclusive focus on this industry. The world-class conference provides an unprecedented insight into the human factors that cause errors and the latest training approaches – beyond the regulatory skill-based training – in order to avoid them. This initiative can benefit all operators – irrespective of the type of aircraft they fly or its manufacturer – as they can discover first-hand how they can apply the latest safety intelligence and expertise to their operations.

Bombardier pioneering safety worldwide
Originally conceived in 1996 as a safety-training event for the Learjet flight demonstration team, the conference quickly garnered a reputation for excellence beyond Bombardier’s customer base. In 1999, Bombardier opened the seminar to all pilots – corporate, commercial or military – in response to growing interest. Bombardier has elected to offer this training free-of-charge to all participants, in order to further endorse the program.

Safety Standdown has been endorsed by top aeronautical training institutions for the quality and depth of its content. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) offer continuing education credits to all attendees. As of June 2013, more than 5,700 pilots, crew members, safety specialists and industry officials have graduated from Safety Standdown.

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Eugene Cernan Safety Award
The Safety Standdown team is accepting nominations for the 2nd annual Eugene Cernan Safety Award. The award is given to an outstanding aviation professional and Safety Standdown alumni who has gone above and beyond professional expectations. They must embody the framing principles of Safety Standdown and demonstrate an exceptional dedication and contribution to aviation safety through their actions and behaviour. They must also demonstrate professionalism, courage, passion and leadership in the execution of their duties – reflecting the traits and value of the award’s namesake, Captain Eugene Cernan.

Nominations for the Eugene Cernan Safety award are being accepted at and by e-mail to

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