The 2023 NBAA National Safety Forum will be held in the NBAA Safety Education Center in Room N250 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Formulating, Implementing and Refining SMS Policies for Your Operation

Moderator: Ben Kohler, Pfizer Aviation

Benjamin Berman, K&R Aviation, LLC dba OpenAir
Jim Hosey, IAI, LLC
Larry Karpurk, Salt River Project
Michelle Knoll, Pfizer Aviation

In this safety management system (SMS) policy session, we will explore how single-pilot and multi-pilot flight operators are formulating, implementing and refining policies in their worlds. We will start out by explaining the relationships between laws, rules, regulations and policies. We’ll show where there is overlap only when necessary, and how policies are used to reflect the individual cultures of your department and not force you into a structure that is not suited to your size and type of operations.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

What’s on Your Mind, Literally? Mental Health & Wellness in Aviation

Moderator: Lee Rafalko, Corteva Agriscience

Dr. Penny Giovanetti, FAA
Dr. Quay Snyder, Aviation Medicine Advisory Service
Greg Farley, Deere & Company Aviation
Jeff Wofford, Flying W Aviation, LLC
Mark Larsen, NBAA

Whether it is a rare occurrence or a lifelong struggle, everyone will face some form of mental health challenge that affects their performance in a safety-sensitive role. For pilots, mechanics, flight attendants, fuelers and others – life happens. In this presentation, industry leaders and subject matter experts will provide an overview of the medical and regulatory landscape, both today and in the coming years, and offer insights into factors an operator should consider when incorporating mental health and wellness into their overall risk management.

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Effective Use of Safety Data in Your SMS

Moderater: Jeff Mittelman, Mittelman Aviation Solutions

Carl Bennett, Priester/Mayo Aviation
Garry Melia, MassMutual
Frank Raymond, Part 91 Operator

An effective SMS is dependent on the collection and analysis of safety data to identify operational risks and hazards, and then proactively mitigate and monitor those risks. This panel of Part 91 and 135 operators will discuss their use of safety data within an SMS, including the benefits and challenges they have encountered.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

How a Small Flight Department SMS Can Make a Big Industry Impact! SMS Works!

Moderator: Amanda Ferraro, Aviation Safety Solutions

Michael Ott, Phoenix Air Group

Choose Your Own Adventure – How a small flight department SMS can have a big impact. In this session, YOU will use SMS principles to respond to the actual circumstances faced recently by a small flight department. You will see how it all comes together to change your department, your OEM and even the FAA!

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Leadership Perspectives on Aviation Safety

Ed Bolen, NBAA
Paul BJ Ransbury, Aviation Performance Solutions

Join NBAA’s President and CEO, and the NBAA Safety Committee Chair for their perspectives on business aviation safety. This session will also include the presentations of the NBAA 50-, 60- and 75-year Flying Safety Awards and the Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation Awards.

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Safety Culture and Your Safety Management System

Moderator: Doug Carr, NBAA

Hon. Michael Graham, National Transportation Safety Board
John Witzig, Pfizer Inc.
Chris Rocheleau, NBAA
Bob Rufli, Air Charter Safety Foundation
Jeff Wofford, Flying W Aviation, LLC

Everyone wants a positive safety culture, but how is one developed? Is it the result of an effective SMS or must it exist before an SMS can be effective? How do you create and improve both in your operation? In this session, you will hear viewpoints on the topic from representatives of the FAA, NTSB, and both large and small Part 91 operators. No matter where you are in your SMS journey, the size of your operation, or the resources available, you’ll walk away with practical ideas and advice on how to improve your organization’s safety.

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