Astronaut Charlie Precourt Named Standdown Award Winner

 - November 10, 2022, 12:17 PM
Charlie Precourt is chairman of the Citation Jet Pilots safety committee. (Photo: Bombardier)

Former space shuttle astronaut, U.S. Air Force test pilot, and Northrop Grumman executive Charlie Precourt was named the 2022 winner of the Bombardier Safety Standdown award today during the 2022 conference's final day. Precourt, who is also vice chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association and chairman of the Citation Jet Pilots safety committee, was nominated for the award by the Safety Standdown Advisory Council based on his safety leadership throughout his career.

Today at the conference, attendees heard from CAE director of training design Steve Dennis on the move toward competency-based training and assessment that aims to train pilots to anticipate and mitigate threats, detect and correct errors, and recognize and recover from dangerous in-flight situations. “This is the future of training if we indeed are to push safety forward,” Dennis explained.

His general session presentation was followed by human resources expert Peter Sursi from the FBI, who spoke on how safety culture is built on a foundation of trust. Afternoon breakout sessions were focused on safety management systems, self-managing aviation stress, and ways that data can improve operational safety.

Bombardier also officials noted that on the conference’s final day, there were 932 unique login views to the Standdown's webcast from 23 countries, the latter of which was a record for the event that is now in its 26th year.