Tuesday, 28 June, 2011
Bob Beale

Leading experts in air safety research and the aviation industry are gathering in Sydney this week for the 2011 World Air Transport Research Society meeting.

The keynote speaker is Captain David Evans, who was the check captain on the Qantas A380 aircraft that suffered a major engine failure out of Singapore last year.

The challenge to link safety research to industry practice will be the subject of the plenary session of the conference, which will be attended by more than 250 international and Australian delegates from academia, industry and regulatory bodies.

The panel to discuss that challenge includes Peter Harbison, the Executive Chairman of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation; Captain Ray Heiniger of Boeing Flight Training; Professor Ann Williamson, of the UNSW Department of Aviation; and Professor Martin Dresner, Professor in Logistics and Transportation, R.H. Smith School of Business. University of Maryland, USA.

Global Airport Performance Benchmarking and Excellence Awards will be announced, with Atlanta, Copenhagen and Sydney airports included among the winners.

Several airport representatives will be present at the conference. Speakers include Mr Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of the Malaysian-based low-cost carrier Air Asia X.

The three-day conference starts on Thursday 30 June and is being held in the Scientia Building at the University of New South Wales, Kengsington.

Sponsors include the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Australia  (CASA), Airservice Australia, Sydney Airport, Ashgate Publishing and Simulate.

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Conference details
What: ATRS 2011 world conference
Where: UNSW Kensington campus, Scientia Building
When:  Thursday 30 June – Saturday 2 July