March 14, 2019

The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), in partnership with NBAA, will host its 64th Business Aviation Safety Summit (BASS) May 2-3 in Denver, CO, with FAA Deputy Association Administrator, Office of Aviation Safety John Duncan delivering the opening keynote address.

Duncan has spearheaded a number of safety initiatives within the FAA, including the organization’s recent Compliance Program. The program is moving the agency from an enforcement-centric environment to one in which safety and compliance issues can be corrected with training, education or changed procedures for cooperative regulated entities.

“We’re very excited about this year’s BASS and ongoing partnership with NBAA, and believe our agenda has much to offer the business aviation community,” said Dr. Hassan Shahidi, FSF president and CEO. “In addition, John Duncan’s more than 30 years at FAA, plus his experience before that as a pilot for the airlines and in business aviation, gives him a unique perspective from which to address the challenges facing the aviation industry broadly, and business aviation specifically. He’s the right person to open BASS 2019.”

An interview in which Duncan expands upon his perspectives regarding business aviation safety can be found in the March/April 2017 edition of NBAA’s Business Aviation Insider magazine. Read the article featuring Duncan’s perspectives.

Following opening ceremonies, the Open Keynote session and an industry update of recent trends in business aviation, this year’s BASS format features seven main educational sessions. The topics include:

  • Safety Leadership
  • Aeromedical and Fatigue Issues
  • Lessons from Recent Accidents
  • FOQA Programs and Safety Data
  • Runway Safety
  • Training Related Issues
  • Emerging Safety Issues

“BASS is an opportunity for business aviation safety professionals to learn from top experts in their fields, including aeromedical and training issues, as well as emerging safety concerns,” said Doug Carr, NBAA vice president of regulatory and industry affairs. “Attendees will return to their aviation organizations with a new perspective on aviation safety leadership and risk mitigation methods related to fatigue, runway safety and more.”

BASS attendees also have an opportunity to visit a number of vendors in the exhibit hall. The intimate size of the event means attendees have personal access to training and other service providers.

BASS is the premier forum for the business aviation industry to meet in a collaborative setting to identify safety concerns, device approaches to reduce risk and implement initiatives to improve safety. It is a must-attend event for aviation professionals involved in aircraft operations and safety, training, maintenance, development and manufacturing.

Safety Managers, Safety Officers, designated safety pilots and others interested in improving safety at their organizations are strongly encouraged to attend the 6th Annual Safety Day, a roundtable held on May 1. Roundtable attendance is included in BASS registration.

Learn more about BASS 2019.