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Bombardier’s aviation-related Safety Standdown set for Sept. 30-Oct. 3

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Sep. 12, 2013, at 6:16 p.m.

Bombardier Learjet will host its 17th annual Safety Standdown, a four-day seminar focusing on safety training for pilots, flight crews, maintenance personnel and managers, later this month.

Organizers expect about 450 attendees.

Safety Standdown attracts pilots and personnel from every branch of the military, from other manufacturers and from groups such as the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board, Transport Canada and others, said Bombardier spokesman Patrick Botter.

“We don’t charge anything for the seminar itself, with the idea of creating a community of professionals all looking to improve safety throughout the industry,” Botter said. “The reality is … it’s right for business.”

The event offers a variety of general sessions and workshops.

A new session, the Zoology of Safety, looks at how man is part of nature and how survival hinges on two forces that affect survival in the rest of the natural world: awareness and adaptation.

“Using a variety of illustrations from the animal kingdom, keys to safety, survival and growth are linked to the aviation environment,” organizers said.

Other seminars will focus on issues such as safety management, human factors, leadership, crew monitoring, risk mitigation, managing fatigue, preventing stress, how to recognize hypoxia symptoms and other topics.

Practical training will focus on aircraft cabin evacuations on land and water with instruction on smoke and fire fighting, underwater egress training, how to handle medical emergencies and other workshops.

“Immerse yourself in real-life risk scenarios and see if you are ready for the unexpected factors such as smoke or hypoxia,” information about the seminars said. “Train your muscle memory to know how to unbuckle underwater by taking the Underwater Egress Training. Become confident in handling emergency situations with Inflight Medical Training. Those workshops will leave you more prepared for the ‘unplanned’ part of the trip.”

Safety Standdown will be held Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 at the Hyatt Regency Wichita hotel.

For information and to register, go to http://www.safetystanddown.com/aviation-safety-seminars/united-states-2013.

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