In the aviation industry, one way we track the passing of time is by the events we attend or support. These can be airshows that attract tens of thousands or smaller, more tightly focused, subject-specific summits and seminars. Because this is 2016, an even-numbered year, the first major event will be the Singapore Airshow in February. Then, many of the same companies will move their exhibits, aircraft and hospitality to Farnborough, outside London, for the Farnborough International Airshow in July. And then it’s off to the Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, put on annually by our friends at the National Business Aviation Association, this year on Nov. 1–3 in Orlando, Florida, U.S.
At Flight Safety Foundation, the monuments on our calendar are our Singapore Aviation Safety Seminars (SASS), co-organized with the Singapore Aviation Academy, scheduled for the week of March 14; the 61st Business Aviation Safety Summit (BASS) in Austin, Texas, May 5–6; the 2016 Safety Forum, co-hosted by the Foundation, Eurocontrol and the European Regions Airline Association, June 7–8 in Brussels; and the 69th annual International Air Safety Summit (IASS), Nov. 14–16 in Dubai. Along the way, we will also hold our 4th annual Flight Safety Foundation Dinner and Silent Auction, July 28, at the National Press Club in Washington.
We appreciate all the support for our events, and in return, we promise in-depth and insightful presentations on a range of relevant safety issues important to you and your operations, and the opportunity to network with safety professionals from around the world.
Realizing how the event calendar turns many of us in aviation into creatures of habit, this year we are asking you to break with your routine and to find time in your spring-summer schedule to attend at least one of the 12 workshops we are planning as the next phase of our Global Safety Information Project (GSIP), which is a two-year study of safety data collection and processing systems (SDCPS) in the Pan America and Asia Pacific regions.
The workshops, most of which will be two-day events, will begin March 16 in Singapore and will conclude in mid-July in Mexico City. More information on dates and locations is available on our dedicated GSIP website at <www.fsfgsip.org>.
The workshops will look into the most effective ways to gather safety data and to conduct risk assessments from both an individual organization’s perspective and through partnerships with other industry stakeholders. Workshop attendees will get the first look at the GSIP toolkits we are developing to be roadmaps for SDCPSs and will help refine our ideas and concepts. There is no charge to attend the workshops.
We hope to see you throughout 2016.