2017 Conference

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Safeskies 2017 Conference will be held Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th October 2017 at the National Convention Centre Canberra. The Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture/Dinner will be held Tuesday 3rd October 2017 at Parliament House Canberra.

The Safeskies Conference has been held biennially since 1993, in Canberra, and is one of the most highly regarded aviation safety conferences in the world.

It is preceded by the Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture and the Conference Dinner, held in the magnificent Australian Parliament House.

One of the major attractions of the Safeskies Conference is the bringing together of operational people from airlines, Defence, Government, training organisations, charter operators, Air Traffic Managers, suppliers and Regulators, both local and international.

As a non partisan, independent not for profit body, Safeskies can facilitate exchange of information and opinions between agencies and organisations involved in aviation safety. Safeskies can also provide independent commentary and advice on safety matters.

Thank you to all our supporters, or as we like to describe them, investors in aviation safety because we rely on assistance both financial and in kind from many organisations in military, government and industry.

Peter Raven
Chairman Safeskies Australia

Conference Speakers

WGCDR R. H. ‘Arnie’ Morscheck

WGCDR Morscheck joined the RAAF in 1986 and commenced training at the newly opened Defence Force Academy, graduating with a BSc. He then completed flying training on Number 151 RAAF Pilots’ Course, graduating in 1990. Since then he has been categorised on nine aircraft types, instructed on five of those, has served in several staff positions and has been operationally deployed. WGCDR Morscheck has completed the Australian Command and Staff Course and holds a Masters Degree in Military and Defence Studies.

WGCDR Morscheck’s flying career includes flying the Macchi at 25 and 76 Squadrons, the Caribou at 38 Squadron, the Nomad and Twin Otter at 322 Air Base Wing, and the King Air 350 at 32 Squadron.

WGCDR Morscheck commenced his long association with military flying training by completing Number 123 Flying Instructors’ Course on the PC9 at Central Flying School (CFS) before conducting ‘all through’ instruction at Number 2 Flying Training School (2FTS). WGCDR Morscheck spent two years instructing with the Royal Malaysian Air Force, teaching basic flying on the MD-3nand advanced on the PC7 at Alor Setar. As staff at CFS, WGCDR Morscheck instructed on the PC9 and CT4, and flew as a Roulette display pilot. In 2005 he was forced to eject during a Roulette training mission and fortunately was uninjured and soon returned to flying duties. As a CFS examiner he flew Caribou, Hawk, Hornet, and 707 (simulator) as well as conducting evaluation and testing visits to Brunei. WGCDR Morscheck was awarded a Commander Training Command Commendation for the airmanship he displayed whilst handling a complex aircraft emergency during a PC9 test flight. A further tour at 2FTS as Flight Commander and Chief Flying Instructor saw WGCDR Morscheck gain a Cat A QFI qualification, and he has over 6500 military flying hours.

WGCDR Morscheck has held staff positions as the Wing Safety and Standards Officer in Air Training Wing, Staff Officer VIP Operations in 34 Squadron (which involved daily contact with government and saw him join the staff of the Prime Minister and Governor General on overseas visits in RAAF aircraft), and as Deputy Director Science Program in Air Force Headquarters. WGCDR Morscheck also served as a staff officer embedded in the Operations Department of HQ ISAF when deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan. He was awarded the US Meritorious Service Medal for his service on that deployment.

WGCDR Morscheck is married to Tundra, an environmental scientist and teacher, and they have three daughters. He enjoys maintaining personal fitness, sport of all kinds, and travel.

Captain Dave Carbaugh

Dave has been a pilot for more than 40 years having flown a variety of aircraft. After graduating from the Air Force Academy, he attended Air Force pilot training in Arizona. Graduating near the top of his class he was chosen to return as an instructor pilot. He was an instructor, check airman, functional check pilot, and wing spin pilot flying the T-37, T-38, and F-5 during his tour culminating in being instructor pilot of the year. His follow-on assignment was flying F-15 Eagles out of McChord AFB, Washington. He later transitioned to the C-141 at McCord and was an aircraft commander, instructor pilot, and check airman flying worldwide missions including supporting the first Gulf War.

In 1987  Dave started his 29-year career as a pilot for the Boeing Company. He ended up being qualified in all models and variants of the 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, and 787 aircraft. For the first 7 years, he was an instructor pilot conducting simulator training and initial operating experience flying airline operations for various airlines worldwide. He also was a CRM instructor and wrote training material for CRM, TCAS, Takeoff Safety and ETOPS training.

In 1994 he was promoted to Chief Pilot Flight Operations Safety and launched into the ambitious project of bringing Upset Recovery Training to the industry. He co-chaired the Upset Recovery Training Aid industry team and wrote much of the pilot education material and training exercises. He later authored revisions 1 and 2 of the training aid. He did all of the initial training of Boeing instructors on the conduct of instructing upset recovery training in the simulator and developed course material and training videos. He was involved with industry efforts to include FAA-Industry Stall/Stick Pusher Training Working Group and International Committee for Aviation Training in Extended Envelopes (ICATEE). He promoted the material with presentations and magazine articles for various organisations such as the Flight Safety Foundation, Aviation Week,  and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Additionally, he co-chaired the industry training aids involving CFIT, Wake Turbulence and produced ALAR (Approach and Landing Accident Reduction) videos for the Flight Safety Foundation. He led the pilot support of accident investigations, audits, and customer safety visits. he has received numerous awards to include Aviation Week Laurel, Flight Safety Foundation’s President  and Lifetime achievement awards.

In his last decade at Boeing he was Chief Pilot Technical and Safety for Test and Evaluation. He was responsible for all the operations and training manuals and checklists for all Boeing models. he was responsible for the safety of Boeing flight operations to include F-15, F-18, Apache and Chinook Helicopters, V-22, C-17, as well as all commercial models and variants. He conducted flight test on various Boeing aircraft to include 747-8 and 787 aircraft. Recipient of the European Flight Test Safety Award in 2013 from the Society of Experimental Test Pilots for contributions to flight test safety.

After retiring from the Boeing Company, Dave has stayed involved in the worldwide effort to prevent loss of control. Presently he is an instructor for Boeing type specific UPRT for Aviation Performance Solutions. He deploys to provide train the trainer and UPRT instruction to pilots and instructors worldwide.

Instructor Qualifications

Instructor Pilot T-37 , C-141, 737, 747, 757, 767, and 777.

Conducted initial Upset Recovery Training for all Boeing instructor pilots.

12,000 hours’ total time and 5,200 hours’ instructor time.

Flight Experience and Certifications

Airline Transport Pilot Rating with over 12,000 hours’ total flight time.

Type rated in 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, and 787.


BS- US Air Force Academy, Engineering Mechanics.

MS- Arizona State University, Human Factors.

Dr Reece Clothier

Dr Reece Clothier is a Principal Researcher, Autonomous Systems, Boeing Research & Technology – Australia. Reece is also the President of the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems, Australia’s peak national body for the unmanned systems industry, and an Honorary Associate Professor at RMIT University. Dr Clothier has a Bachelor Degree in Engineering (Aerospace Avionics) and PhD on the safe design and certification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) from Queensland University of Technology. His primary areas of research are in complex system safety, autonomy, and the design, certification, and operation of UAS. Over the last decade Reece has helped to establish, and has actively led, national UAS regulatory initiatives. In 2014 Reece held the role of Industry Co-chair of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Standards Consultative Committee, Sub-Committee for Unmanned Systems – the national forum for the development of safety regulations for UAS. Prior to this he chaired the Australian Aerospace Industry Forum UAS Working Group. Dr Clothier currently serves on the General Aviation Advisory Group, which directly advises the Federal Minister of Transport and Infrastructure. In 2016 Dr Clothier was awarded the Outstanding Next Generation Professional at the Aviation/Aerospace Australia National Awards in recognition of his contribution to the Australian unmanned systems industry.



University of Calgary

Professor Jan Davies is a Professor of Anesthesia, Cumming School of Medicine and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, at the University of Calgary. Since 1983 she has undertaken research and worked in system safety, in healthcare and aviation. Starting in the late 1980s she spent over a decade visiting the (former) Bureau of Air Safety Investigation, at the invitation of the previous director, Dr. Rob Lee. Together with Professor Jim Reason, in 1990 she and an anesthetic colleague were the first to apply Reason’s Swiss cheese model to a healthcare investigation. From the mid-1990’s on she collaborated with the late Professor Bob Helmreich on several concepts, including the application of Crew Resource Management in healthcare. In 2014 she started to work with a Korean cabin safety expert, Dr. KI Yoo, on the passenger brace position. This led to publication of an article on the need for regulatory review of the passenger brace position and to a presentation to ICAO’s Cabin Safety Group (ICSG) in April 2016, together with international experts on brace position testing. In her presentation, Jan suggested applying the healthcare concept of ‘best evidence’ to making choices about specific passenger and crew brace positions. Since then, the ICSG Ad Hoc Group on Brace Position has evolved into IBRACE, the International Board for Research into Aircraft Crash Events, an independent group of experts dedicated to producing an internationally agreed, evidence-based set of impact bracing positions for passengers and (eventually) cabin crew members in a variety of seating configurations, which will be submitted to ICAO through its ICS

Caroline Wilkie

Caroline Wilkie has been CEO of the Australian Airports Association since 2011. The AAA represents all major regular passenger transport airports in Australia as well as council airports. The membership spans from councils with grass strip runways to Australia’s major gateways. The AAA also represents a further 140 corporate members. The AAA is engaged in research, developing industry publications, education, advocacy and major industry events. Caroline has a Master of Public Affairs and more than fifteen years’ experience in Association management.

Captain Brian J. Greeves, BSc [Eng] (Hons); DMS (Dist); FRAeS; FRGS (鷹萬里)

Brian Greeves is a director of Aviation Solutions Pty Ltd, which offers expert services to airports, airlines, regulatory bodies and other aviation organizations. He has been involved in aviation for 50 years, both as an RAF and airline pilot, and as a technical, safety and training expert. He served on the Hong Kong International Airport Airside Safety Committee from its inception; and lectures and advises on airport safety and operations globally.

He chaired the International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) Aircraft Design and Operations Committee and was a member of the IFALPA’s Aerodrome and Ground Environment Committee. He has completed safety, and airport operations and design courses with Cranfield University and the University of Texas at Austin; and is an accredited accident investigator.

He is a Faculty Manager/Airport SME for the JAA-Training Organisation in Europe and was instrumental in the development and promotion of the IFALPA “Airport Liaison Representative” scheme. He continues to provide runway safety training courses nationally and globally.

He is a Safety and Technical Consultant for the Australian Airline Pilots Association (AusALPA) and participates in regulatory, safety and operational forums on its behalf, including the ASTRA Council, the Part 139 PIR WG, the Sydney Airport Local Runway Safety Team and the Australian Aviation Wildlife Hazard Group (AAWHG) Executive. He will be speaking on behalf of the AAWHG Executive at this conference.

He lives in Sydney with his wife and one of his sons though he travels extensively for business and pleasure. He enjoys hiking, cycling and swimming.

Gary C. Kessler, Ph.D., CCE, CCFP, CISSP

Gary C. Kessler, Ph.D., CCE, CCFP, CISSP, is a Professor of Cybersecurity and chair of the Security Studies & International Affairs Dept. at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, where his research interests include digital forensics, cyberterrorism, and aviation cybersecurity; president and janitor of Gary Kessler Associates, a training and consulting company specializing in computer and network security and digital forensics; an Adjunct Professor at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia; and a member of the North Florida and Hawaii Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces. He is the author of two professional texts and over 70 papers and articles about computer networks, cybersecurity, and digital forensics, and a frequent speaker at regional, national, and international conferences. He is also an editor, and past editor-in-chief of the “Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law.” Gary is also a Master SCUBA Diver Instructor and U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain. More information about Gary can be found at his Web site, http://www.garykessler.net.

Tim Hosking

Tim started flying in 1991 at Essendon Airport before obtaining his first job with a local charter company. This job involved mostly hangar duties, but also provided him the opportunity to do a couple of hundred hours a year as a First Officer on their DC-3 and Learjet. From there he went in search of more hours and command time and proceeded to travel to Alice Springs and Darwin in search of what turned out to be a very illusive GA job. The industry was very competitive during the early 90’s, but some 12 months later he ended up being offered a job back in Melbourne with a charter company operating a Learjet and Piper Chieftain. This role provided him the opportunity to not only obtain those critical first 500 hours multi engine command hours but gave him an insight into the mechanics of running a small charter business operating international and domestic charters at short notice.

By the late 90’s he started to look for the next opportunity which would help to consolidate on the experiences obtained in Melbourne and headed to Cairns, where he obtained casual work with a number of local charter companies flying Piper and Cessna twins around the Cape York Peninsula. This led to a job with Macair Airlines in Mt Isa where they operated a number of light twins to local mines and communities.

Peter then moved to Flight West Airlines in Townsville as a Brasilia First Officer where he stayed for around 18 months before being offered an opportunity with a fledgling Virgin Blue Airlines. Virgin Blue was a very dynamic company which saw significant growth in a short period of time in those early years. This provided an opportunity for a B737 command followed by a role in the training team as a CRM/NTS facilitator and Flight Operations project team member. As Virgin Blue grew in both aircraft and pilot numbers, so did the demands on the management team. He joined a new team of Line Operations Managers which worked to develop the systems and structure required to support the expanding Virgin Blue operation.

After a number of years as a Line Operations manager, Tim jumped at the opportunity to move across to the new V Australia B777 operation shortly after its launch. This provided him the opportunity to return to line flying and take on a new challenge as a Long Haul International Captain. He also returned to NTS training and continued to participate in a number of activities around the business. After a couple of years of line flying he moved back into an office role as a Flight Operations Manager for the B777 and subsequently took on the role of Chief Pilot International Operations in which he has oversight of all the Virgin Australia International AOC operations in Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Mike Mrdak AO

Secretary – Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Mike Mrdak is Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, a position he has held since June 2009.

Mike began his Australian Public Service career in 1988 as a Graduate with the then Department of Transport and Communications. Since then he has held a number of senior positions across the portfolio and with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

His work with the infrastructure and regional development portfolio includes management of infrastructure investment; policy initiatives to increase productivity; security, safety and regulation in road, rail, aviation and maritime transport; regional development; local government; and services to Australia’s territories.

Mike was appointed an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday 2016 honours list for his distinguished service to public administration through executive roles in the infrastructure, transport and logistics sector, and through the development of policy reform initiatives.