We're introducing a new forum for the aviation community, FlySafe.

Aimed at aviation organisations, clubs, schools and aviation stakeholders, the program includes speakers from:

  • CASA
  • Airservices
  • Australian Transport Safety Bureau
  • Bureau of Meteorology
  • Australian Maritime Safety Authority
  • Department of Defence
  • industry representatives.

COVID-19 advice

We’ll be following state and territory guidelines and working closely with the venues to provide sensible precautions such as arranging seating to give extra space and making hand sanitiser available.

If you’re unwell with a cough or fever or other respiratory symptoms, we ask you to please not attend. If you have recently travelled internationally, we would also appreciate if you could review and follow any Department of Health advice relevant to you.

Forum schedule

For the list of FlySafe events, please see:

FlySafe events

FlySafe Sydney - Agenda

Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Venue: Bankstown Sports Club, Bankstown

Time Activity Topic Presenter



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Welcome address

Andreas Marcelja – CASA, Executive Manager, Stakeholder Engagement


Session One

Demystifying SMS

Safety Management System, learn how everyday practices can enhance business practices and safety culture. This session is open to all aspects of the aviation community, no matter which area you work in, SMS is valuable to everyone.

Ashley McAlpine – CASA, Safety Performance Specialist


Session Two

Agency updates

  • Airservices Australia
  • Bureau of Meteorology

William Kerr

Ashwin Nadu and David Crock


Morning Tea

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Session three

  • Australian Maritime Safety Authority
  • Department of Defence
    • Includes Newcastle airspace


WGCDR Nikki Olsen / Mr William Reynolds

11:35 Presentation AME Scholarship  


Session four

The RPAS and AAM Strategic Regulatory Roadmap

Hear about our long-term plan for safely integrating technologies into Australia’s airspace alongside traditional aviation in this rapidly growing industry while ensuring a safe environment for aviation in Australia.

Heath McDonald – CASA, RPAS Team Leader


Alternative Session four

Safety Culture – Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk

Airbus Helicopters will explain how you can build real psychological safety, establish a working just and fair culture and apply the due diligence required of contemporary aviation SMS.

Chris Lea and Adam Bernhardt – Airbus Senior Manager Aviation Safety



Networking Lunch

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Session Five

The Future of Airspace

The OAR sets airspace classifications and determines air traffic service levels. Learn about the work underway to support Australia’s future aviation.

Andrew Rumbell and Craig Patterson – CASA Office of Airspace Regulation


Alternative Session Five

Varying the rules

Proficiency checks, Flight Examiner Rating course and more are on the agenda for Flight Schools and Examiners this FlySafe. Roger will provide an overview of new measures announced and debunk the myths floating around.

Roger Crosthwaite – Branch Manager Flight Standards – Civil Aviation Safety Authority


Session six

Little Wings but big on safety

Little Wings is accustomed to the challenges of scheduling, maintenance, adverse weather all while providing a not-for-profit service to the community. Hear from the CEO about how each challenge faced is worth providing a safe flight to help sick kids

Clare Pearson – Chief Executive Officer, Little Wings


Alternative Session six

We are all in this together

Hear about the how local airport operations dealt with covid and major weather events using Safety Management; keeping everyone together and connected to help the local aviation community.

David Binskin – General manager Bankstown Airport


Session seven

Reality Check

Step through a major Australian accident through the lens of an ASTB investigator. From site evidence right up to the conclusion and what lessons can be learnt to prevent this from occurring again.

Derek Hoffmeister – ATSB Senior Transport Safety Investigator



Closing remarks

Andreas Marcelja - Executive Manager Stakeholder Engagement

Last updated:
15 Aug 2022
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