November 7-9, 2022 | Atlanta, GA U.S.

IASS 2022 in Atlanta Georgia

International Air Safety Summit 2022 Agenda

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All general sessions are held in the Grand Ballroom, M4, in the North Tower.

Event badges can be picked up at the registration desk each morning, outside of the Grand Ballroom.

Thanks to our Platinum Sponsors

Monday | Nov. 7 | General Sessions

Today’s general session is sponsored by: AIRBUS


7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | Breakfast  Sponsored by:  NATCA

Location:  Exhibit Hall


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. | Conference Welcoming Remarks


  • Dr. Hassan Shahidi, President and CEO, Flight Safety Foundation
  • Bobbi Wells, VP, Safety Systems, Efficiency & Compliance, American Airlines and New Chair, Board of Governors, Flight Safety Foundation
  • Mark Millam, Technical Programs and Events, Flight Safety Foundation

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. | Opening Keynote

Speaker:  Billy Nolen, Administrator (Acting), U.S. Federal Aviation Administration

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. |  Risk in Review – Accidents and Current Risk Picture


Recent Safety Performance 


Regional Risk Assessment Work — Impacts Recognized Through This Work

Speaker: Henry Gourdji, Director, Safety Strategy and Policy, Flight Safety Foundation


10:15 – 10:45 a.m. | Morning Networking Break

Location:  Exhibit Hall


10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Session 1 | Post-Pandemic Approach to Aviation and Safety Operations

After almost three years, can we say the pandemic is over and things are back to normal?  If not, is there a new normal for how safety is managed? 


  • Capt. Conor Nolan, Director, Safety and Security, Aer Lingus, and Chair, Board of Governors, Flight Safety Foundation                            
  • Gilberto Lopez Meyer, Senior Vice President, Corporate Safety, Security and Compliance, Korean Air
  • David Garrison, Senior Vice President of Corporate Safety, Security, and Compliance, Delta Air Lines
  • Craig Hoskins, Vice President of Safety, Security and Technical Affairs. Airbus Americas

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Lunch – Sponsored by: Embraer

Location: International Ballroom, M2, North Tower


1:15 – 1:35 p.m. | Laura Taber Barbour Award Ceremony


1:35 – 3:15 p.m. | Session 2 | Building Safety Culture and Keeping It Strong

Is your workplace culture promoting a strong safety culture? How do we tap into the mindsets, attitudes and behaviors of employees, managers and owners to know for sure? 

Relationship Between Team Emotional Intelligence and Safety Culture 

This presentation explores the relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Safety Culture. Research provides evidence that Emotional Intelligence improves individual and team performance, but can it improve Safety Culture too?

Speaker:  Sonnie Bates, CEO, WYVERN  

Guidance for Development, Promotion and Measuring an Organization’s Safety Culture 

Speaker:  Capt. Helena Cunningham, Director of SMS, Air Line Pilots Association, International 

Safety/Risk Culture in Commercial Air Transport Industry/Organizational Learning/ Weak Signal Detection

Speaker: Cengiz Turkoglu, Senior Lecturer in Safety Engineering, Centre for Safety and Accident Investigation, Cranfield University 


Safety Performance Leadership Management

Speaker: Capt. John Deleeuw, Managing Director Safety and Efficiency, American Airlines



3:15 – 3:45 p.m. | Afternoon Networking Break

Location:  Exhibit Hall


3:45 – 5:00 p.m. | Session 3 – The Science of Human Factors and How It Informs Safety

Human factors is sometimes called the science behind designing equipment and processes. How do we build the shared body of knowledge about the principles of human/machine and work processes?


Investigating Language Factors in Aviation Accidents 
Speaker:  Elizabeth Mathews, Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Occupational Safety, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Risk Rating of Human Performance 
Speaker: Stephanie Moore, Human Performance Manager, American Airlines 


Small Country/Big Accident 

The presentation will demonstrate how PNGAIC investigated a major aircraft accident (B737-800) that crashed into the sea in 2018. The investigation of a major accident by a small country presented a number of challenges.  PNGAIC not only conducted a full investigation, they did the replay and analysis of the sea-immersed FDR/CVR using a unique and novel new approach that has never been used before on a major accident.

Speaker:  Mike Poole, CEO, Plane Sciences


6:30 – 9:30 p.m. | Flight Safety Foundation Awards Dinner
Open to all IASS attendees. 

  • Location:  International Ballroom, M2, North Tower
  • Cocktails: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Dinner and awards ceremony to follow.
Tuesday | Nov. 8 | General Sessions

Today’s general session is sponsored by: American Airlines


7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | Breakfast – Sponsored by:  Advanced Safety and Quality Solutions

Location:  Exhibit Hall


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. | Opening Keynote

Speaker:  Ed Bastian, Chief Executive Officer, Delta Air Lines


9:00 – 10:00 a.m. | Session 4 – Pilot Health and Well-Being – Issues and Challenges

Mental health and fatigue risk management challenges, perceptions and realities.


Can We Admit That Mental Health Can Be Discussed?


  • Dr. Martin Smith CEO/Co-Founder, Presage Group Inc.
  • Piyush Gandhi, Vice President, Operations and Business Development, Presage Group Inc. 


The Role of Rank and Sleep Need on Compound Fatigue Risk in Medium-Haul Pilots

The presentation will address the current and future flight safety challenges, and then focus on a particular subject related to pilots’ fatigue perception.

Speaker:  Dr. Julia Behrend, Head of Safety Innovation & Human Performance, Air France


NATCA/FAA Collaboration on Employee Health and Well-being

How the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) work collaboratively with the FAA to administer the Fatigue Risk Management Program (FRMP) and increase efforts to improve employee health and well-being.

Speaker:  Aaron Katz, National Human Performance Representative, National Air Traffic Controllers Association


10:00 – 10:30 a.m. | Morning Networking Break – Sponsored by: L3Harris

Location: Exhibit Hall


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Session 5 – Safe Integration of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)

The world of advanced air mobility and autonomous operations is making progress.  This world includes small drones, multi-rotor, fixed-wing and hybrids, single-rotor and maybe more. Do we have the integrity in our systems and the data we need to manage safety at levels that are better than those of traditional aviation? How do we make that happen?


  • David Carbon, Vice President, Prime Air, Amazon

  • Eric Bergesen, Director of Operations, UPS Flight Forward

  • Brandon Roberts, Executive Director, Rulemaking, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration

  • Conor French, Chief Regulatory Officer, Zipline

  • Daniel Acquah, Director-General, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Lunch – Sponsored by: Boeing

Location: International Ballroom, M2, North Tower


1:30 – 2:00 p.m. | Safe Sustainability – An update on results from the 2022 Safety Forum


  • Capt. Pascal Kremer – Flight Safety Foundation European Advisory Committee Chair
  • Dai Whittingham – Flight Safety Foundation European Advisory Committee Vice Chair
  • Tzvetomir Blajev – Director, Europe and Global Operational Safety, Flight Safety Foundation

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Session 6 – A Highlight on Safety Data and Information Sharing from Latin America

The Latin American Region has been working on using safety data and information sharing to improve safety performance in the region.  How has progress been made and what is next for the expansion of knowledge and intelligence in the region?


  • Virginio Corrieri, Head of Operations, Safety and Security, Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association, ALTA
  • Steve Jangelis, Boeing 757/767 Captain, Delta Air Lines, Industry Co-Chair for FAA Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS)

  • Santiago Saltos, Regional Safety Director, Industry Co-Chair, PA-RAST, Airbus


3:00 – 3:30 p.m. | Afternoon Networking Break – Sponsored by: L3Harris

Location: Exhibit Hall

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. | Session 7 – Implementation and Evolution of Safety Management System (SMS) Programs

Implementation of safety management systems was rooted in flight operations at the airline.  It’s now expanded to many operational areas and beyond the airlines.  What’s working well and what’s not where it is being adopted?


Safety Leadership/SMS/Aviation Safety Action Programs (Expansion of SMS Across Aviation) 

Implementation of safety management systems was rooted in airline flight operations.  It’s now expanded to general aviation and will soon be a requirement for U.S. charter operators. Learn how SMS is part of a “Pathway to Safety” and how an operation of any size can successfully implement and scale a custom SMS to improve their safety. Speaker:  Robert Rufli, Director of Operations, Air Charter Safety Foundation 

SMS Implementation Strategy 

Speaker: David Huntzinger, Safety SME, Laminaar Aviation Infotech Americas


Leveraging Flight Data for Safer Skies

The future of flight safety is rooted in connecting data to operations. Join us to hear about the impact of FOQA, with real examples of safety improvements. Learn about how you can empower pilots with individualized safety data, and our vision of the future, a connected ecosystem of safety applications. The future is now!

Speaker:  Luke Bowman, Senior Product Director, GE Digital, Aviation Software


Challenges of Implementing New SMS Technologies 
Speaker:  Marko Rados, CEO, Inxelo Technologies 


5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Welcome Cocktail Reception – Sponsored by: Pratt & Whitney
Open to all IASS attendees and guests. Location:  Atrium Terrace – South Tower

Wednesday | Nov. 9 | General Sessions

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | Breakfast Sponsored by:  Boeing

Location:  Exhibit Hall


8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Session 8 – Not Falling Behind on Risks That Have had a Long History in Aviation

Approach and landing have long been noted as the most hazardous phase of flight and runway excursions are still the top accident category. And other risks have been persistent over time.  How can we influence each other and make sure our safety training cuts across the organization?


Importance of Runway Surface Texture on the Prevention of Runway Excursions
Speaker:  Gerard Van Es, Netherlands Aerospace Centre NLR 

Accidents, Incidents, and Unsafe Acts: How to Leverage These to Stay in Front of Aviation Safety 

Are you collecting the right information, finding those areas of highest risk, and able to prove the investments you are making having the desired effect?  In this presentation we share strategies for improving aviation safety?
Speaker:  Anthony Schneider, Executive Director, the Air Traffic Safety Oversight Service, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration  

Returning to and Strengthening the Normal Training Regime Throughout the Aviation System, Not Just the Flight Deck

Strengthening serious incident investigations. 

  • developing investigation techniques to quickly address contributing factors beyond the flight deck. 
  • sharing the information and identifying pragmatic safety actions as soon as possible. 
  • As soon as possible implies ‘before the final report is published’ 

Speaker:  Christopher McGregor, Flight Safety Officer, ATR 


10:00 – 10:30 a.m. | Morning Networking Break

Location:  Exhibit Hall


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Session 9 – Getting Pilots Prepared for the Rigors of Flying. What Do We Measure?


Traditional pilot training has taken a task-based approach while a competency-based approach looks at essential competencies.  Do we have consistency in what these essential competencies are and how to evaluate?


Two Years of Self-Debriefing, Any Flight Safety Indicators Trends?
Speaker:  Capt. Vincent Durel, Captain B737NG, Flight Data Monitoring Expert, Flight Safety Officer, Transavia


Design of the Go-Around Procedures to Focus Attention on Flight Path Management 

Although the go-around maneuver is frequently trained, real-world execution of the go-around is a safety concern because known precursors to loss of control in-flight (LOC-I) continue to be present in operations.  To mitigate safety hazards in the execution of the go-around, the go-around procedures were redesigned to balance workload and to direct flight crew attention to appropriate flight path parameters at the right time. This design methodology may be applied to operational procedures more broadly to enhance safety beyond the go-around maneuver.

Speaker:  Dr. Barbara Holder, Associate Professor and Presidential Fellow, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Advisory Circular (AC) 120 FPM – AC for Flight Path Management Manual Flying Skills in All Phases of Operations
Speaker:  Joshua Jackson, Training and Simulation Group (AFS–280), U.S. Federal Aviation Administration


12:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Lunch – Sponsored by:  GE Digital

Location: International Ballroom, M2, North Tower


1:30 – 3:00 p.m. | Session 10 – External Threats to Aviation Safety

Despite the industry’s best efforts to improve aviation safety, there may be outside attempts to disrupt operations or changes introduced to the environment that cause unsafe conditions. What are these attempts and changes, and how does the industry protect itself?

Operations in Global Navigation Satellite System Jammed/Spoofed Environment  
Speaker:  Capt. Hovav Ben-David, Vice President Operations, El Al Israel airlines  

Cyber Security and Software Safety in Aircraft Systems Testing: A Strategic Approach for Aviation Risk Management 
Speaker: Donna Dulo, U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command Test and Evaluation Squadron


Traffic Flow Contingencies in the Air Traffic Arena

The FAA’s Air Traffic Organization continues to evolve their safety processes with Risk Based Safety Management as the underlying concept.  The presentation will highlight evolution in identifying risk with the Aviation Risk Identification and Assessment tool, adapting our procedures for space operations, and influencing mitigations on the surface and during weather events.

Speaker:  Franklin McIntosh, Vice President, Safety & Technical Training, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration


3:00 – 3:30 p.n. | Afternoon Networking Break

Location:  Exhibit Hall


3:30 – 4:45 p.m. | Session 11 – Providing a Deeper Understanding of Safety Data

Safety reporting and flight data monitoring are among the programs used to share a better understanding of risks.  What do they tell us, and what are some other methods for analysis? 


Safety Investigation in an SMS environment: training the next generation of air safety investigators 
Speaker:  Fred Calvert, Director, Safety Assurance, Executive Jet Management 

Learning From All Operations – the Analysis Approach


  • Tzvetomir Blajev, Director, Europe and Global Operational Safety, Flight Safety Foundation
  • Dr. Jon Holbrook, Human Factors Discipline Deputy for the NASA Engineering and Safety Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration 


4:45 – 5:00 p.m. | Closing Remarks

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