Day One 11th December 2018


Chairman’s Opening Remarks

Al Corner, Executive Director, Aviation Strategy, Product and Sales, Helios


Welcome Address

Senior Representative, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority


Regulation and Government Oversight

  • Safety – building global consensus
  • Harmonisation of national law and regulations with those of industry leading States
  • How can regulators work effectively with the airlines to improve safety?

Cengiz Turkoglu, Senior Lecturer, Cranfield University

Ken Sewell, IATA Regional Director, Safety & Flight Operations – Middle East & North Africa, International Air Transport Association (IATA) – Gulf Area

Dhruv Rebbapragada, Chief of Flight Safety, Indigo Airlines

Omar Kaddouha, Director Flight Safety, Directorate General of Civil Aviation


Safety Risk Management in Aviation

This presentation includes an overview of safety risk management as one of the four components of the Emirates Safety Management System. It describes examples of the tools and practices that are currently used at Emirates with some operational examples.

Captain Mark Burtonwood, Senior Vice President – Group Safety, Emirates


Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre SMS Journey

  • Determining future direction based upon data driven historical information to continue the building blocks
  • Safety Management System maturity – moving from compliance to effectiveness to reach the aspired excellence
  • Safety culture and its link with organisation behaviour
  • SMS Automation to increase effectiveness and ensure the harmony between all ANS departments through risk based decision making mechanisms that provide analytical information

Ahmed Al Saabri, Quality & Safety Manager, General Civil Aviation Authority



Morning refreshments


Successfully Creating a Safety Culture

  • Achieving a just culture
  • Evaluating best practices in multi-cultural airlines
  • Effective safety training management and programmes
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Implementation of safety culture across outsourced services

Thorsten Wehe, Executive Secretary, International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Association (IFATSEA)

Joe Gazzolo, Senior Captain, Gulf Air

Ahsan Farooq, Area Operations Manager, Chevron

Vangelis Demosthenous, Managing Director, Kratis Training and Consulting Ltd.


What are we Training for? – The Focus on Outcome and Process Training

Nicklas Dahlstrom, Human Factors Manager | Emirates Flight Operations Training, Emirates


Machine Learning and AI in Safety: Dubai Civil Aviation Authority Integrated Investigation and Notification System

  • Inform airports and airlines about the capabilities of the DCAA’s IIAN system
  • Using Artificial Intelligence to help investigators in case analysis
  • Enabling AI to learn from recommendations and read from the past
  • Providing investigators with real-time insights into what to do

Abdulla Mohammed Al Blooshi, Head of Accidents Investigation Section, Accident Investigation & Aircraft Oversight Department, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority



Day Two 12th December 2018


Chairman’s Opening Remarks


Goldilocks – Getting your Data Juuuuust Right

Whether you have big data or small data, there are various tricks and techniques that you can use to get your data just right. This presentation includes how you can resize from small to big or from big to small, and mathematical tips and tricks to ensure you are presenting the right information to those who make decisions. Using yoga, legs, tea, flowers and deep landings, we will delve into the joy of data and statistics.

Sally Longstaff, Safety Analyst – Group Safety, Emirates


Managing Safety through Safety Risk Profiles

  • Can civil aviation safety regulators and their regulations cope with the diversity challenge and the march of technology?
  • Can they meet societal expectations of a safe operating environment for air transport and related aerial activity?
  • Would the regulatory regime need supplements to the key tasks of risk-based rule-making, risk-based oversight, safety promotion and safety education?

Fred Fernandes, Section Manager Strategic Safety Analysis Coordination and Safety Systems, Civil Aviation Safety Authority


Breaking the Silos: Using Flight Data to Enhance SMS Effectiveness

  • Flight data monitoring (FDM) is an invaluable source of data which needs to adapt to modern-day safety management requirements and ensure that it is of full benefit to the organisations’ safety cause
  • FDM needs to get combined with other data sources to paint an accurate picture of events and be used as part of the operator’s risk management process
  • Aggregate results need to be shared in the form of safety performance indicators, customised to the needs of the different stakeholders
  • FDM can help improve safety behaviour but must be used carefully in order not to have a detrimental effect on safety culture

Nuno Aghdassi, Head of Flight Safety, NetJets Europe


Morning refreshments


Helipad Operations within the Emirate of Dubai

Andrew Paul Green, Senior Specialist Aerodrome Safety & Standard, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority


Cyber Threats in Aviation: Is Your Business Prepared?

The aviation industry is under real threat from cyber attacks. Understanding the types of attacks and their effect on the safety performance of our industry is crucial. Setting up robust defensive measures through frontline technical design methods and through implementation of a management system approach are two controls that aviation service providers have to support them. Managing the supply chain is also a critical element for service providers to understand if they wish to manage cyber attacks. Conducting simple internal and supply chain assessments will provide service providers with key risk areas to concentrate on. Egis will introduce a generic maturity model suitable for such assessments.

Huw Ross, Principal Consultant, Helios


Communication and ATC

Effective and consistent communication are critical to safe operations. How can the quality of ATC and crew communication be assured and developed to enhance safety and simplify operations?

  • ATC and crew communication enhancement
  • Call sign confusion within the MID region
  • ATM and pilot training

Bikhal Jha, Lecturer, Modern College of Business and Science


Iraq’s ANS Safety and Operational Developments

  • Historical factors affecting Iraq’s ANS
  • Challenges in the current operations environment
  • Planning for future growth

Tariq Rasool Jawad Nawkhas, Quality and Safety Manager, Iraq Civil Aviation Authority – ATS Department

Alin George Diaconu, Safety and Investigations Officer, Serco Middle East


Employee Assistance Programme and Safety

  • What is EAP?
  • Why EAP?
  • What are the challenges?
  • EAP in practice examples

Edma Naddaf, Founder and President, EDMA Exec