The Empowered Pilot: Practical Safety Solutions for the Single-Pilot Operator

The next steps in your safe flying journey are here. Join us for three business aviation safety sessions that are specifically geared toward single-pilot flights and focused on integrating decision making, safety risk management, and safety assurance processes. Learn how pre-planning options and creating sound, consistent routines will enhance your operational safety. Finally, assimilate the major components of an effective proactive safety system in a discussion with the acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board and active single-pilot, Bruce Landsberg.

The 2021 NBAA Single-Pilot Safety Standdown will be held in Room W212 at the Las Vegas Convention Center West Hall.

Monday, Oct. 11, 2021

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

Presented by: Paul “BJ” Ransbury, NBAA Safety Committee Vice Chair; and Chris Provencio, Textron Aviation

Join the kickoff of this year’s Single-Pilot Safety Standdown as we set the stage for the day’s discussions on single-pilot safety.

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Single-Pilot Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM) Challenges and Opportunities

Presented by: Elliott Fisher, Polymer Resources

As the sole pilot in the cockpit, you are the team. You’re the meteorologist, the dispatcher, the “go-to” for systems knowledge, in some cases the aviation medical examiner, and of course the only pair of hands and feet. Are you prepared? It’s imperative to be on the top of your game in every stage of the flight from preflight planning and preparations, to shutting down the aircraft and securing it in anticipation of your next mission. This presentation will focus on ADM, as viewed through the lenses of three case studies that focus on preflight planning, ensuring pilot proficiency – not just legal currency – and flight operations for various phases of flight. Our mission is to make you slow down and think about every action and consequence.

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Plan for the Unexpected: 1st Critical Step in Every Upset

Presented by: Paul “BJ” Ransbury, Aviation Performance Solutions

NASA and Boeing determined that the amount of time between the first overt indication of an upset event and the point at which the pilot was no longer able influence the fatal outcome was often just 10 seconds or less. There is one critical aerodynamic factor that reigns King above all others. This presentation touches on NASA’s findings, contains the seemingly infinite complexity of possible pilot considerations during an airplane upset to a mere six, and concludes with a comprehensive scenario-based analysis of ‘the’ critical aerodynamic factor that always comes first; a factor that is immediately influenceable by every pilot, on every flight, in nearly every situation.

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.


11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Proactive Safety – It’s Not Rocket Science

Presented by: Hon. Bruce Landsberg, National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chair; and Tarek Loutfy, GE Aviation

As an entrepreneur that operates aircraft, your full-time focus on your business may make it hard to think about all that you can do to proactively address potential aviation safety hazards. Implementing proactive safety measures appropriate to the size, complexity and risk profile of your operation is easier than you think. Join this discussion focused on simple and practical examples to help get started and gain resources to grow your proactive safety efforts over time to ultimately make your operation safer.

12:15 p.m. – 12:25 p.m.

Citation Jet Pilots “Go-Around Decision Making Study” Progress Report

Presented by: Charlie Precourt, Citation Jet Pilots Association; and Trent Corcia, Citation Jet Pilots Association

Critical to reducing runway excursions, business aviation’s most frequent accident type, is the need for a stabilized approach. Charlie Precourt and Trent Corcia will give an update on the Citation Jet Pilots-led study of Go Around Decision Making. Their study is being conducted with the Presage Group and is based on a Flight Safety Foundation 2017 report that aims to more clearly define good approach and landing criteria and practices to reduce the risk associated with runway excursions.

12:25 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Presented by: Jeff Wofford, NBAA Safety Committee Chair

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