Aviation Safety Letter 3/2004

Canadian Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS) — A Success

CASS 2004 LogoCASS 2004 came to a successful close in Toronto on April 21, where nearly 400 delegates from industry and government participated. Delegates attended a very strong workshop program on day one, followed by one and a half days of presentations in plenary, by industry experts, on aviation safety and risk management topics. The emphasis throughout was placed on the continuing path towards the implementation of safety management systems (SMS). Several question and answer sessions allowed participants to discuss issues directly with guest speakers.

Dr. Scott Shappell, Manager of the Human Factors Branch of the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), demonstrated HFACS (Human Factors Analysis and Classification System), which emphasizes the importance of addressing human factors in occurrence investigation, and the associated links in establishing accident intervention strategies. He also made an excellent point about the necessity for industry to acknowledge the importance of "general aviation," as it is likely to become the primary pipeline for future commercial pilots, in comparison with past generations where the military route was more prevalent.

Captain Michael R. DiLollo, Director of Flight Safety at Air Transat, presented the SMS in place at his company. He demonstrated that once a company understands and buys into the SMS concepts and principles, there is no need to wait until it becomes mandatory. In support of the argument that aviation safety is an investment into "cost-avoidance," he showed how his company, through their SMS, was actually able to measure avoided costs and improve safety. Captain DiLollo was unequivocal on how his company has bought into SMS early and now reaps the benefits of having implemented it.

CASS has been praised again by industry as one of the best aviation safety conferences in Canada. Since CASS 1998, coincidentally also in Toronto, the program's quality and value for the industry have been very strong and have improved from year to year. Despite its successes in recent years, however, CASS was still under represented in key areas: chief executive officers (CEO), aerodrome operators and air navigation service providers. Many aviation CEOs in Canada were passing on the event, sending middle managers and line staff, as the perception may have been that the "executive" value was not considered sufficient. This led to the creation of the Canadian Aviation Executives' Safety Network (CAESN), which consists of a full day of dialogue between Canadian aviation executives and key decision makers. The inaugural CAESN meeting was held in April 2003 in Montreal, concurrently with CASS 2003, and was repeated this year in Toronto. Gathering the industry leaders for a productive annual meeting while getting them to CASS at the same time was quite a feat! Read more on CAESN on our Web site at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/regserv/affairs-caesn-menu-1975.htm.

Call for Papers — CASS 2005: Aviation Risk Management in the 21st Century

CASS 2005 will take place April 18-20, 2005, at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, in Vancouver, British Columbia. The theme of CASS 2005 is "Aviation Risk Management in the 21st Century," where current and future approaches to risk management in aviation will be explored. A cross-section of high-profile speakers from aviation and other sectors, as well as from government and academia, will be called upon to provide, in plenary, their insights into which approaches work best under which specific circumstances. Building on this theme, a series of workshops will be offered to help aviation companies manage risks.

Submission Form: If you wish to present a paper at CASS 2005, please complete the instructions found at www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/publications/tp185-1-10-printable-3058.htm. Abstracts must be submitted by Monday, August 23, 2004. Papers will be selected on the basis of content and applicability. Written papers and formal presentations are due on Monday, February 21, 2005. For more information, e-mail: ssinfo@tc.gc.ca

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