ALEXANDRIA — A keynote address by U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Vice Chair Bruce Landsberg and discussions with executives from Pfizer and Bombardier highlight Day 1 of the Foundation’s 66th Business Aviation Safety Summit (BASS). This year’s virtual event begins today at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 UTC).
Landsberg is a noted business aviation and general aviation safety advocate, writer, educator and 7,000-hour pilot. Following Landsberg’s remarks and a question-and-answer session, Foundation President and CEO Dr. Hassan Shahidi will lead separate discussions with Andy Nureddin, vice president, customer support, Bombardier, and John D. Witzig, vice president, corporate aviation, at Pfizer.
Bombardier now is focused exclusively on the business sector, and Nureddin will discuss the aircraft manufacturer’s transformation, the business aviation market’s outlook and the industry’s recovery from the pandemic. Pfizer developed one of the globally accepted COVID-19 vaccines. Witzig will offer a firsthand look at how Pfizer’s corporate flight department played an integral logistics and distribution role in the development and rollout of the lifesaving vaccine.
BASS will feature morning and afternoon sessions on both Day 2 and Day 3. On both days, the morning session will begin at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 UTC) and the afternoon session at 2 p.m. EDT. Each session is scheduled to run for 90 minutes.
In the morning on Day 2, NTSB Senior Aviation Accident Investigator David Lawrence will discuss the agency’s investigation of a 2017 departure from controlled flight accident at Teterboro (New Jersey) Airport, and Capt. James Albright, founder of website Code 7700, will address cockpit dynamics, including ego in the cockpit and crew resource management.
The Day 2 afternoon session will focus on in-flight crisis situations from the perspective of pilots who have experienced them. Speakers include Capt. Tammie Jo Shults, the pilot-in-command of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 when debris from an uncontained engine failure struck the fuselage, resulting in a rapid depressurization after the loss of a cabin window. One passenger was killed in the accident. The other speaker will be Capt. Gerald Downs, one of two pilots flying a Cessna Citation when both engines flamed out as a result of fuel contamination.
The morning of Day 3 will feature a medical regulatory update from Dr. Susan E. Northrup, the U.S. federal air surgeon, and a presentation on training for safety from Richard Meikle, FlightSafety International’s executive vice president of safety and regulatory compliance.
On Thursday afternoon, the final sessions will feature a presentation on the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s safety management system (SMS), followed by a session on safety data analytics that drive operator SMS programs.
Note: This release has been corrected from the original version.
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