The 2023 NBAA Single-Pilot Safety Standdown will be held in the NBAA Safety Education Center in Room N250 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Monday, Oct. 16, 2023

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Introduction/Opening Remarks

Presenters: Paul BJ Ransbury, Aviation Performance Solutions & NBAA Safety Committee Chair; and Rosa Lee Argotsinger, Textron Aviation & NBAA Safety Committee Single-Pilot Working Group Lead

9:15 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Accident Case Study 1

Presenter: Jon Hirsch, Piper Aircraft Company

This case study will introduce the type of data collected during a typical General Aviation NTSB accident investigation and review the specifics surrounding a Piper PA-28-235 accident. This example will have the audience considering how they might recognize and respond to any warning flags they may encounter while flying.

9:40 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.

Accident Case Study 2

Presenter: Peter Basile, Textron Aviation

This presentation will cover the nighttime departure of a Cessna Citation CJ4 from Burke Lakefront Airport (BKL), Cleveland, OH, that resulted in a loss of control due to spatial disorientation over Lake Erie. The case study will highlight the effects of fatigue, autopilot status indications and negative learning transfer due to aircraft system differences.

10:05 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.


10:25 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Briefing Better

Presenter: Captain Rich Loudon, Alaska Airlines

Many of today’s pilots and aviation organizations utilize a decades-old briefing method that has neither adapted to next generation flight decks nor incorporated breakthroughs in our understanding of human cognition. Today’s typical standard operating procedure (SOP) briefing is simply too long – due to years of adding more and more items determined to be “too important not to discuss.” Additionally, briefings have become one-sided, one-size-fits-all solutions serving as repositories for redundant verbal crosschecks of highly automated, highly reliable systems. It is time to consider whether we should begin rethinking the briefing. Captain Loudon will present what nearly every airline in the country and many around the world have found to simply be, briefing better.

11:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Fit for Duty – Mitigating Risks & Optimizing Performance – A Personal Responsibility

Presenter: Quay Snyder, MD, MSPH, Aviation Medicine Advisory Service (AMAS)

This presentation will provide strategies for single pilots to recognize safety risks related to personal health and how to mitigate those risks to optimize performance in the cockpit. Personal responsibilities include consistently applying the I’M SAFE checklist in detail before every flight. Examples of accidents related to failures in personal assessment and ignoring risks are given including use of medications and substances. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

12:05 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.

Owner Pilot Associations – Strengthening Safety and Promoting Community

Moderator: Mark Larsen, CAM, NBAA

Presenters: Tom Turner, American Bonanza Society; Kim Coryat, Piper M-Class Owner Pilot Association (PMOPA); and David Miller, Citation Jet Pilots Association (CJP)

Owner pilot associations play significant roles in promoting safety and community engagement specific to the aircraft type. This panel will explore the safety initiatives and focus areas of the NBAA Owner Pilot Association Coalition organizations, including the identified hazards and their assessed risk, how we can use data to better inform our safety strategy, recommended mitigation strategies and results, as well as bringing the benefits of a robust safety management system to the owner operator community.

12:55 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Presenters: Steve Bruneau, Polaris Aero & NBAA Safety Committee Secretar; and Rosa Lee Argotsinger, Textron Aviation & NBAA Safety Committee Single-Pilot Working Group Lead

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