Bombardier Aerospace’s Safety Standdown Asia returned to Asia yesterday for a third time. It was held in conjunction with the ABACE show at the Shanghai Marriott Hotel Hongqiao. Free for participants, Safety Standdown Asia “provides pilots, aircrew and flight departments with insights into the factors that precipitate errors in judgment and highlights ways to mitigate them,” according to Bombardier (Chalet 380). The seminar combines both knowledge-based and skill-based training with a focus on human factors.
Presentations at this year’s Safety Standdown Asia included safety culture with National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt; criminalization of aviation accidents by attorney Kent Jackson; fatigue and health by Convergent Performance executive vice president Pat Daily; Safety Management System integration by Convergent Performance consultant Dan Boedigheimer; application of knowledge by Kate Kung-McIntyre, assistant dean of Business School at Wichita State University; and Bombardier Flight Operations captain Jason Karadimas on human factors in aviation.
Bombardier began offering safety standdown seminars for its Learjet flight demonstration pilots in 1996, and opened the event to all pilots flying any type of aircraft in 1999. More than 6,300 pilots have graduated from the Bombardier Safety Standdown events through October 2012.
“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 noted. –M.T.