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THE BUSINESS AVIATION SAFTETY SUMMIT 2021
VIRTUAL EVENT | JUNE 1-3

Organized by Flight Safety Foundation, in partnership with the National Business Aviation Association

Business Aviation Safety Summit 2021

WHAT IS BASS?

The Business Aviation Safety Summit (BASS) is a forum for the business aviation industry to meet in a collaborative environment to identify safety concerns, devise approaches to reduce risk and implement initiatives to improve safety. The summit, organized by Flight Safety Foundation, in partnership with the National Business Aviation Association covers safety, training, practical solutions, management, human factors and other issues for every segment of the business aviation industry.

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AGENDA

RUNWAY EXCURSIONS AND GAPPRE   A look at what items in the recent Global Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Excursions (GAPPRE) are applicable to business aviation.   

Speakers: 
Capt. Bill Curtis, Head of Aviation, Presage Group 
Capt. Tom Becker, Pilot, TUI Fly 
Mr. Richard Weeks, Director of Safety and Compliance, NetJets Aviation Inc.  

Moderated by Mr. Tzvetomir Blajev, Director, Europe and Global Operational Safety, Flight Safety Foundation 

*Will be available during the week of May 17, 2021 


YEAR IN REVIEW AND BUSINESS AVIATION SAFETY PERFORMANCE TRENDS   An in-depth review that looks at the past twelve months, as well as longer-term business aviation safety performance trends.   

Speaker: Mr. Mark Millam, Vice President Technical, Flight Safety Foundation 

*Will be available during the week of May 24, 2021 

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

OPENING REMARKS
Mr. Mark Millam, Vice President Technical, Flight Safety Foundation
Dr. Hassan Shahidi, President & CEO, Flight Safety Foundation

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Keynote Speaker: A press release announcing the keynote speaker will be issued soon. 
Followed by Question and Answers with Dr. Hassan Shahidi, President & CEO, Flight Safety Foundation 

EXECUTIVE PANEL KICKOFF   To kick-off BASS 2021, a panel of leading international business aviation executives will discuss the pandemic’s impact on the sector and what they believe will be the biggest challenges and opportunities as the industry and the global economy recover. The panelists will discuss the choices they made in navigating an unprecedented business and operational environment, how quickly they expect the industry to reach a “new” normal, and how they will recognize when that normal has arrived. Topics to be covered include the pandemic’s impact on R&D spending and how that may impact the next generation of products; the importance of continuing to focus on safety during difficult times, and what ongoing relief, if any, the industry believes it needs from the government.  

Executive Panel: A press release announcing the panel will be issued soon. 

Moderated by Dr. Hassan Shahidi, President & CEO, Flight Safety Foundation 

MORNING PROGRAM:  10:00 – 11:30 a.m. EDT

WELCOMING REMARKS
Mr. Mark Millam, Vice President Technical, Flight Safety Foundation
Mr. Tom Huff, Chair, Business Advisory Committee, Flight Safety Foundation  

SESSION 1:  BUSINESS AVIATION ACCIDENT TRENDS – CAN WE IMPROVE?   The NTSB will present on their investigation and report of the departure from controlled flight accident that occurred at Teterboro Airport in 2017. They will share lessons learned and provide some insight on how they identified safety issues as a result of this accident investigation. Also, FSF staff will briefly touch on business aviation accident trends and look at if improvements to a stable system are possible.   

Speaker:  Capt. David Lawrence, National Resource Specialist (Air Carrier Operations), Senior Aviation Accident Investigator, National Transportation Safety Board 

Moderated by Mr. Mark Millam, Vice President Technical, Flight Safety Foundation 

SESSION 2:  LEADERSHIP – COCKPIT DYNAMICS    An expert in safety leadership will discuss self-examination of ego in the cockpit, crew resource management (CRM)and crew harmony 

Speaker: Capt. James Albright, Founder, Code 7700

Moderated by Mr. Tom Huff, Aviation Safety Officer, Gulfstream Aerospace, and FSF Business Advisory Committee Chair


AFTERNOON PROGRAM:  2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT

SESSION 3:  OPERATOR EXPERIENCE – MANAGING A CRISIS SITUATION    Learn about inflight crisis situations from the crews who experienced them. The session moderator will lead the group through a discussion beginning with a description of the inflight emergency, and how the crew responded. They will look at how training and experience played a part in the outcome, strategies for crew cohesion and mission execution, and more. 

Speakers:
Capt. Gerald Downs, Pilot, Air Trek Inc.
Capt. Bruce Monnier, Pilot, Air Trek Inc. (invited)
Capt. Tammie Jo Shults, Pilot and Author (invited) 

Moderated by Capt. John Cox, President and CEO, Safety Operating Systems, and FSF Business Advisory Committee Member 

MORNING PROGRAM:  10:00 – 11:30 a.m. EDT

WELCOMING REMARKS:
Mr. Mark Millam, Vice President Technical, Flight Safety Foundation
Mr. Tom Huff, Chair, Business Advisory Committee, Flight Safety Foundation

SESSION 4:  MEDICAL REGULATORY UPDATES   Top medical experts will discuss topics that include new processes introduced as a result of the ICAO Council’s Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) process, what can be expected as vaccines are rolled out worldwide, international quarantine requirements, evidence of latest variants in the virus, the use of medical certificates and vaccine passports, and other medical regulatory issues.

Speaker:  Dr. Susan E. Northrup, M.D., MPH, Federal Air Surgeon, Office of Aerospace Medicine, Federal Aviation Administration

Moderated by Dr. Quay Snyder, President and CEO, Aviation Medicine Advisory Service, and FSF Business Advisory Committee Member

SESSION 5:  THE LATEST IN TRAINING PROGRAMS   Leaders in the pilot training industry will discuss new initiatives implemented over the past twelve months that focus on enhancing safety. They will also address what we are learning from evidence-based training programs, making effective use of simulator time for pilots, and building programs to train for learning styles and generational differences.  

Speaker:  Mr. D. Richard Meikle, EVP Safety and Regulatory Compliance, Flight Safety International

Moderated by Mr. Mark Millam, Vice President Technical, Flight Safety Foundation 


AFTERNOON PROGRAM:  2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT

SESSION 6:  SMS PROGRAMS   An expert panel discussion on SMS Programs.  

Speakers:
FAA (invited)
Mr. Fred Calvert, Director of Safety Assurance and Air Safety Inspector, Executive Jet Management
Capt. Joe Dickinson, Pilot, Hess Aviation (invited)  

Moderated by Business Advisory Committee Member, Flight Safety Foundation 

SESSION 7:  DATA ANALYTICS   Presentations will look at data gathering and analytics from employee reporting integrated with flight data monitoring and assessment. Look at what we are learning about business aviation from programs like ASIAS.  

Speakers:
FAA (invited)
Mr. Steve Bruneau, VP Aviation Services, Polaris Aero 

Moderated by Business Advisory Committee Member, Flight Safety Foundation 

AWARDS AND CLOSING   Presentation of the Business Aviation Meritorious Service Award and closing remarks.

MEDICAL – HEALTH AND WELLBEING   A discussion on the health and wellbeing of flight crews today.

CYBERSECURITY RISKS IN BUSINESS AVIATION   Advances in technology have improved the safety and efficiency of business aviation in many ways. However, increased reliance on digital tools in the cockpit, flight department and the companies that support business aircraft operations also place aircraft and passengers at increased risk. This will look at the vulnerabilities and safeguards that can be used today.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Any aviation professional involved in flight operations, or those with safety functions and decision-making from:

  • Safety in Design
  • Manufacturing 
  • Training 
  • Maintenance 
  • Operations 
  • Regulation 

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND

  • Get updated on the latest safety initiatives and developments in flight operations.
  • Hear from perspectives of international aviation experts on leading safety challenges and issues.
  • Discuss the latest safety initiatives and challenges with other aviation safety professionals.
  • Learn about new technological developments that can enhance flight operations safety.
  • Network with aviation safety peers from the international aviation community

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