2017 CHC Safety & Quality Summit Speakers

An Exceptional Combination of Talent, Passion and Experience


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Each year, professionals from operators, safety organizations, universities, OEMs and related industries from around the world gather at the Summit to present on topics related to the theme as it pertains to advancing a culture of safety in the helicopter/aviation industry. This year, we have approximately 40 speakers confirmed. Learn more about them below.

Confirmed Speakers for 2017

Karl Fessenden

Mr. Fessenden was named president and chief executive officer of CHC Helicopter and a board member of its parent company, CHC Group, in February 2015. He came to CHC from GE, where over 20 years he amassed a track record of strong leadership in building industrial-services businesses, as well as process discipline around resource and capital allocation. Mr. Fessenden successfully led multiple global-service business units at GE Energy and GE Aviation. Most recently he directed GE’s integration of the Alstom power-generation business, the largest acquisition in GE’s history. Prior to that, Mr. Fessenden managed GE’s $8 billion Power Generation Services unit, the largest industrial-services business at GE. His background includes 15 years in the aviation sector with GE and Pratt & Whitney.

Duncan Trapp

Mr. Trapp was named vice president of safety and quality for CHC Helicopter in 2011, bringing an extensive record of executive-level leadership in safety, policy and aviation to the post. In this role, he reports directly to CHC President and CEO Karl Fessenden and is the executive responsible for the company’s strategic and operational safety profile. Mr. Trapp joined CHC in 2007 as the accident prevention and flight safety program manager for all U.K. operations. He progressed through a series of European safety leadership appointments before being named to his current global post. Prior to joining CHC, Mr. Trapp served as a squadron commander in the U.K.’s Royal Air Force and as a policy and defense relations officer. He is a trained accident investigator, an accomplished pilot, and a certified Crew Resource Management instructor. Mr. Trapp holds a degree in Defence Studies from King’s College, London.

Dr. Stephen Carver

Prior to Cranfield University, Dr. Carver worked on projects for the oil business before moving on to work at Virgin before working directly for a global CEO as head of Project & Programme Management Strategy. He has experience of Project and Programme Management in almost all business sectors from banks to oil and from construction to law firms. He has lectured and consulted globally and is highly experienced in presenting ideas in a way that bridges different cultural and organisational differences. He is an Honorary Fellow of The Institute of Risk Management and an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Project Management.

Dr. Nicklas Dahlstrom

Dr. Nicklas Dahlstrom is the Human Factors Manager at Emirates Airline and has been with the airline since 2007. In this position he has overseen CRM training in a rapidly expanding airline and also driven integration of Human Factors in the organization. Nicklas was previously a researcher and instructor at Lund University School of Aviation in Sweden and still holds a part-time position as Assistant Professor there. His work has mainly focused on safety and Human Factors in aviation, but also maritime transportation, health care and nuclear industry. His research areas in aviation include mental workload, training and simulation and culture. Nicklas has written research articles and book chapters on Human Factors and CRM and has delivered invited presentations, lectures and training in more than twenty countries. He is currently part of the ICAO Human Performance Task Force that is rewriting the Human Factors document of ICAO.

John Foley

John Foley, Organizational and Personal Performance Expert, Former Lead Solo Pilot, U.S. Navy's Blue Angels, attended the U.S. Naval Academy, where he studied mechanical engineering and played as a defensive back for their football team. Following graduation and flight training, he served as a pilot, being named a “Top Ten Carrier Pilot” six times, prior to becoming an instructor pilot and joining the Blue Angels. Following his naval career, Mr. Foley pursued master’s degrees in business management, international policy studies and strategic studies, and became a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Bernie Adamache

Mr. Adamche began his career in Northern Ontario, eventually moving to Pratt & Whitney's Flight Test division in Montreal. He was later invited to join Transport Canada where he was primarily assigned as PMI to Air Canada. With a promotion to Superintendent, Policy & Procedures, Bernie led the Transport Canada team responsible for the initial 1989 publication of the maintenance related Canadian Aviation Maintenance Regulations. In 1995 he joined Air Canada and held various senior manager positions in maintenance, including Director of Regulatory Compliance and Sr. Director, Line Maintenance. In 2006 he left Air Canada to move closer to home by taking a position with Air Canada Jazz heavy Maintenance in London Ontario. In 2010 he accepted his present position as a Sr. Manager with the CAVAOK group based in Dallas Texas, where, over the past six years he has had the pleasure of working with most of the major air carriers in North America. Bernie has always been an advocate of a safe work place, human error management and risk management systems.

Michael Benton

Michael began military service with the United States Army in 1993 as a Korean linguist and interrogator prior to becoming an OH-58D helicopter instructor pilot flying peacekeeping missions in Bosnia and combat operations in Iraq. After 15 years of honorable military service he continued serving by flying as an emergency medical service pilot in command near Boulder, CO for Med-Trans Corporation. In 2008, he started working for Air Methods Corporation as a helicopter and NVG check airman before becoming an Aviation Training Manager. His most recent position with Air Methods was as the Aviation Compliance Manager responsible for nationwide certificate compliance and liaison with federal agencies such as the FAA and NTSB. In this role, he was also responsible for the efficient operation of the Operational Control Center, with oversite of nearly 400 helicopters and airplanes across the United States and Haiti. Serving as a member of Air Methods’ aviation accident Go-Team, Michael has been a lead investigator and party member in five major NTSB helicopter accident investigations.

In 2015, Michael started VyClimb Consulting, LLC, an aviation management and safety consulting business that has taken him to China, Scotland, Mexico, Haiti and across the United States. As a contractor, he has worked projects for numerous airline and helicopter companies including Air Methods, Metro Aviation, Haiti Air Ambulance, CHC Helicopter, Babcock, PHI, Horizon Air, Volaris and the United States Air Force. In his free time, Michael takes advantage of these travels to further his work as a published professional landscape, travel and aviation photographer.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics and a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle. Additionally, he holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Colorado State University.

James Brimble

James is currently Head of Training (Helicopter) at CAE’s Approved Training Organization based in Oslo, Norway. Before joining CAE James managed CHC’s training planning for its European based pilots. Previously, he flew Super Pumas in support of the Oil and Gas industry for 15 years and also flew 737s and A319s for eight years in the low-cost segment across Europe - a career in aviation spanning more than 30 years.

Mark Brosnan

Mark joined CHC in July 2008 as the Accident Prevention & Flight Safety Programme Manager. Prior to this, Mark served in the Royal Navy for 27 years, initially as a helicopter engineer and then for 20 years as a helicopter observer (navigator). In that position, he undertook a variety of roles including as an aircrew trainer and also as a search and rescue aircraft commander. Mark is currently based in Aberdeen with CHC, fulfilling the role of Safety and Compliance Manager where he is responsible for management of the SMS within the UK AOC. An extremely experienced investigator and a graduate of Cranfield University’s Accident Investigation training, he conducts and manages company investigations into safety related occurrences, incidents and accidents and the implementation of future corrective, preventative action.

He is also responsible for the development and teaching of the ‘in-house’ Occurrence Investigation Training Course and has trained many candidates from other companies at numerous safety conferences and worldwide locations.

Pat Daily

Pat Daily, M.S., spent 12 years of active duty service and 18 years as a reserve officer in the US Air Force, where he flew as an operational pilot in F-4 and F-16 aircraft. He is a graduate of, and later instructed at, the USAF Test Pilot School, has flown and evaluated over 60 types of aircraft, has instructed US and allied pilots in upset recovery techniques in a variety of aircraft, and is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. In addition to teaching cadets how to fly T-41s, Mr. Daily taught aeronautical engineering at the US Air Force Academy.

Mr. Daily has flown for American Airlines, Texas Air Aces, and Aviation Safety Training and holds an ATP and a CFI. Prior to founding Convergent Performance, he was the director of Honeywell’s Defense and Space Electronics Systems at Johnson Space Center where he managed the steam to glass program for the Space Shuttle, as well as guidance, navigation and control projects for the International Space Station and the space shuttle. He is also a Six Sigma Black Belt and has led quality improvement projects in aerospace and education.

Bob Dodd

Bob Dodd is the Senior Director for Safety and Risk Management for The Aloft Group and has spent thirty years in safety risk management in both the public and private industry roles. Until late 2010, he worked in the safety function of Qantas. Initially focused on establishing safety management systems and basic risk management capability, his role evolved to more general management of safety across both operational and occupational safety areas. His achievements include the development of a state of the art safety performance indicator system based on risk, building an integrated safety review process, and, the use of generic bowtie risk models to support continuous estimation of risk levels, threat vulnerability and control effectiveness.

Prior to joining Qantas, Mr. Dodd held senior roles in aviation safety regulation – managing safety promotion, regulatory standards redevelopment programme with CASA in Australia. He has also held a number of roles in safety investigation and analysis with both TSB in Canada and BASI (now ATSB) in Australia.

Bob has presented at numerous seminars on the subjects of safety and risk management, including a number of IASS meetings.

Andy Evans

Andy Evans is director of UK based aviation consultancy Aerossurance. Aerossurance provides a range of specialist air safety, airworthiness and technical services to customers globally. His career has developed from design into safety regulation, aircraft certification, the management of safety and human factors within air operators, safety culture development and all aspects of airworthiness. He is part of the team that developed the FSF’s BARS Offshore Helicopter Operations (BARSOHO) standard and us a member of the FSF’s European Advisory Committee. He is a member of the new EASA Rotorcraft Sectorial Committee and has been a member of the ADS Airworthiness Board since 2012 and the RAeS Human Factors Group: Engineering since 2005.

Andy is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Chartered Engineer, holds a MSc in Manufacturing, Management & Technology and a BEng(Hons) in Aeronautical Engineering. He is a Member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators, an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors and an Associate Member of the European Association of Aviation Psychologists.

Benjamin Goodheart

Benjamin Goodheart is an aviation professional with over 20 years of experience in the field. His diverse career began in aviation line service and has expanded to roles in aviation safety and risk management, operations, training, and professional flying. He has worked in and with a variety of aviation organizations, including flight training organizations, business and general aviation operators, manufacture and overhaul providers, ground service, and major airlines, and his varied experience affords him a wide variety of opportunities to practice within his passion.

Benjamin is an active author and researcher focused on novel applications within aviation safety management and organizational climate and culture. He holds a Master of Science in Safety Science, and a Ph.D. from Embry‐Riddle Aeronautical University with a specialization in applied aviation safety. Dr. Goodheart is a Certified Safety Professional as well as an Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor.

Benjamin currently serves as the Managing Director of Versant, and international safety and risk advocacy firm, and he served as president of an aviation nonprofit organization, Mercy Wings Network through 2016. In 2014, Dr. Goodheart was named one of Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine’s Top Forty Under 40 in aviation worldwide.

Gary Grass

Gary’s core belief is that the best safety and quality practices are never “trade secrets.” Travelling the world supporting aviation safety and quality excellence, he regularly observes the delicate balance and fine line which separates business success, safety and quality performance, trust, and employee participation. Indeed there is a distinction between excellence and “successful mediocrity” -- one uniquely embedded between leadership and the culture of the organization.

Gary has held many roles over the course of his time in aviation/safety, including:  former Martin Mars pilot, post-secondary aviation educator, president of Abante, founding Director of the Aviation Leadership Foundation, global SMS and quality consultant and contributing member to the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace and a former member of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Gary enthusiastically enjoys sharing and engaging with those choosing to make a difference in aviation as professionals while he, his team and his valued partners continue to learn, develop and support safety and quality solutions across the global aviation and airport environment.

Gary has received the Air Force Good Show Award for safety professionalism. He enjoys flying, ice hockey, cycling, amateur astronomy and photography, and lives on the beautiful west coast of Canada.

Scott Harris

Scott Harris graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. After working in the Weapons Programs Division at the Department of Energy, he joined Bell Helicopter in 1986. Harris began his career at Bell working on the V-22 Full Scale Development program, and remained with the V-22 program through the early production phase in 2005. Since leaving the V-22 program, he has held several positions at Bell, including Manager of Research and Development, various Program Management roles, and was Director of Engineering at Bell India, where he built an engineering team of 150. After implementing a Failure Reporting, Analysis, and Corrective Action System (FRACAS) process at Bell, he was asked to guide the implementation of both an Aviation SMS, and a Design & Manufacturing SMS for the company. He serves on the D&M SMS Industry Working Group that developed National Aerospace Standard (NAS) 9927. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. In his current position, Scott is responsible for the planning, development, and day-to-day management of Bell Helicopter’s Safety Management Systems.

Elan Head

Elan Head is an FAA Gold Seal flight instructor with helicopter and instrument helicopter ratings who has held commercial helicopter licenses in Canada and Australia, as well as the United States. An award-winning reporter and editor, she has been a professional journalist since the late 1990s, reporting from locations including war and disaster zones around the world. After serving as the editor-in-chief of Vertical Magazine for four years, she now works for the magazine as a special projects editor. She graduated cum laude from the Harvard University Extension School, and in 2014 became the first woman to fly the Kaman K-MAX helicopter.

Mark Hue-Williams

Mark is Head of Transportation Industry for Willis Towers Watson. His role is to ensure that Willis Towers Watson reflects their deep knowledge of the transportation industry’s needs and opportunities through the consistent delivery of world-class, relevant solutions and expert advice across risk, human capital, assets and ideas. Mark has been with Willis Towers Watson since 1991. Prior experience includes being Regional Industry leader for Asia and CEO, International, of Aerospace.

Dave Huntzinger

Dave is a fixed- and rotor-wing pilot with experience in more than 50 different aircraft types. He has worked in aviation safety in one form or another for over 35 years. Dave was an accident investigator at both Boeing Commercial Airplane Company and Bell Helicopter and the Chief of Fleet Safety at Eurocopter. He was the VP Safety and Security at TAG Aviation. He has held similar roles, of increasing scope and responsibility, at several international aviation organizations and has lived and served in Europe, Asia, Oceania, Canada and the United Sates. The two time winner of the Aerospace Journalist of the Year award, Dave has both a PhD and a Master’s of Science in Safety. Dave is a Certified Safety Professional, member of ISASI and a frequent speaker in the aviation community. This combination of experience and academics provides a unique and thoughtful perspective on aviation safety worldwide.

Cloyd Hyten

After graduate school, Cloyd began his career in behavior analysis co-founding the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. He is now a Senior Consultant with ADI and thought leader in the field of performance improvement. Cloyd works with clients in industries as diverse as manufacturing, petrochemicals, nuclear power, and transportation sector companies. He is a regular conference speaker at various conferences including the annual Behavioral Safety Now conference, the Association for Behavior Analysis International, and the American Society for Safety Engineers.

Willis Jacobs

Willis relocated to St. John’s, NL, Canada, in 2012 as the Executive Director for the Provincial Aerospace and Defence Industry Association. He returned to the helicopter world in January 2015 as the Director Safety and Quality at Cougar Helicopters. During his RCAF career Willis was employed as an aircraft technician, aerospace engineer and project manager on a variety of helicopter fleets at locations across Canada, Germany and the UK. Staff and Command tours included postings to Winnipeg MB, Ottawa ON, Borden ON, England and with NATO. His last tour was as the Executive Officer for the Directorate Strategic Planning at the NATO Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Mons, Belgium.

Willis is a graduate of Memorial University NL, the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering (as both an Aircraft Avionics Technician and Aerospace Engineering Officer), the Canadian Forces College, the RAF Senior Logistics Managers Course – RAF Cranwell, and he holds a Masters of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.

Dr. Bill Johnson

“Dr. Bill” Johnson spent 35+ years as a senior executive and scientist in private and public engineering and airline companies before joining FAA. He is the top FAA executive responsible for R&D and technical programs related to human performance in maintenance/engineering. He is an Aviation Maintenance Technician and a pilot for nearly 50 years. Dr. Bill has delivered human factors presentations in over 50 countries.

Matthias Klein

Matthias Klein is Head of "Corporate Aviation Safety Management & Communication" in the Aviation Safety department of AIRBUS Helicopters in Marignane, France. As project leader for Aviation Safety Management System within AHS transformation, he is deploying safety management together with his transversal, international project team for all flight operations under AH responsibility and in all internal approved organizations. He earned his diploma degree for Aeronautical Engineering from University of the German Federal Armed Forces Munich and his Master's Degree in Business Administration from AKAD Private University Leipzig. He gained experience as Quality Auditor, Occupational Health Safety Engineer and is an EASA-licensed airplane pilot. After 12 years duty in the German Air Force as Aircraft Technical Flight Safety Officer in a rank of a Captain, he joined AIRBUS Helicopters as Head of Configuration Management commercial Helicopters.

Today within the Aviation Safety department of AIRBUS Helicopters he takes care especially for safety enhancements, safety trainings and communication. He strongly supports the proactive use of Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) programs and flight data recording means to reduce accidents and improving safety.

James Klinect

Dr. James Klinect is the Founder and CEO of The LOSA Collaborative. He received his doctorate at The University of Texas at Austin where he served as the project manager leading the development of TEM and LOSA with his mentor Dr. Robert Helmreich. James has authored several publications and presentations including the aviation industry’s recognized source material on LOSA (ICAO Document 9803 and FAA Advisory Circular 120.90). In 2011, James Klinect and The LOSA Collaborative were awarded the Cumberbatch Trophy from the Honorable Company of Air Pilots in the United Kingdom and the Flight Safety Foundation-Airbus Human Factors Award in 2014 for their outstanding contributions to aviation safety.

James Klinect is the Chief Executive Officer of The LOSA Collaborative, which is a private organization he founded in 2001 that provides airlines with Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA) implementation and benchmarking services. Since the first LOSA at Continental Airlines in 1996, The LOSA Collaborative has collected 20,000 observations at over 70 airlines around the world. Between 1996 and 2008, Dr. James Klinect served as the chief research developer for LOSA and Threat and Error Management (TEM) at The University of Texas at Austin. James has authored several publications including co-writing the aviation industry’s recognized source material on LOSA (ICAO Document 9803 and FAA Advisory Circular 120.90). His LOSA and TEM research are regularly cited and used in academic journals, regulatory guidance, airline safety management systems, and pilot training curriculum. In 2011, James Klinect and The LOSA Collaborative were awarded The Honorable Company of Air Pilots’ Cumberbatch Trophy for their outstanding contribution to air safety.

Francois Lassale

Francois Lassale is the Operations Director for HeliOffshore, an organization working with the offshore oil and gas helicopter transport industry enhancing safety through collaboration on areas that make the biggest difference on the front line. Before joining HeliOffshore, Francois was the managing director for a firm in the USA bringing turnkey solutions to the industry. Francois has a military background in the South African army and Royal Air Force flying both fixed wing and rotary wing. Since leaving the military he flew in airline, freight, VIP and Head of State operations. Francois has been an instructor, TRI, TRE and CRMI and has been on the Flight Safety Foundation business aviation board for more than ten years. He serves as Vice Chairman of the European Helicopter Association, Vice Chairman of the International Association of Aeronautical Flight Auditors and is a certified IS-BAO auditor.

Stuart "Kipp" Lau

Pilot, safety expert, aviation journalist and FDM/FOQA champion - Kipp Lau has a vision to improve operational safety and efficiency through better performance trending and data analysis. Kipp is currently FDM Manager at SKYTRAC Systems, and was previously the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) HFDM Working Goup lead. He is an experienced aviation workshop facilitator and has spoken at events such as the FAA Shared Vision of Safety Conference, Bombardier Safety Standdown, CHC Safety and Quality Summit, FAA InfoShare and many HeliExpo events.

Tom Lintner

Tom Lintner is currently the Founder, President and CEO of The Aloft Group, LLC, as well as Managing Director of Aloft Aviation Consulting, Ltd., in Dalkey, Ireland. Tom’s 44 years in aviation includes experience in both government and the private sectors, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, air traffic control, flight operations, accident investigation, emergency management, safety and risk management. Tom is a citizen of Ireland and the United States and a safety auditor trained by EUROCONTROL and ICAO. He is a member of the US DOT team supporting NATO in Brussels as a Civil Expert specializing in Emergency Operations, Air Traffic Control and Flight Operations. Tom holds U.S. Airline Transport Pilot, Flight Instructor, Aircraft Dispatcher, and Air Traffic Controller licenses. He is a member of the International Air and Transportation Safety Bar Association and the International Society of Air Safety Investigators.

Randy Mains

Randy’s career began as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam where he flew over 1000 combat hours where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, 27 Air Medals and the Bronze Star Medal. Today he teaches others to become crew resource management instructors in a helicopter-specific CRM course he ‘built based on the European EASA and UK CAA model. A trained journalist, Randy writes a column in Rotorcraft Pro Magazine entitled ‘My Two Cent’s Worth’ and is the author of seven aviation books, three on aeromedical helicopter safety, two on CRM, one for helicopter air medical crews and one for helicopter pilots. Randy’s 49-year, 13,000 hour aviation career has taken him to the Australian Outback, Papua New Guinea, and Iran as a senior instructor for Bell Helicopter. He was a pioneer in helicopter air ambulance and recipient of the first annual Golden Hour Award recognizing his efforts to further the helicopter air ambulance concept in America. Randy has flown in the Sultanate of Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Abu Dhabi. Three-quarters of his career he has served as a company instructor pilot and flight examiner. In 2013 he was awarded the prestigious Jim Charlson Safety Award recognizing his efforts to bring down the terrible HEMS accident rate in America.

Geert Mansvelt

Ing. Geert Mansvelt obtained a master degree in electronics engineering before he started his career in aviation as a student pilot in the Belgian Air Force. In 1998 Geert joined the visualization expert Barco. In the electronics hardware engineering lab, he developed cockpit display technology for the new-born Barco Avionics department. His operational experience and in-depth technical expertise were instrumental to take on the position of Business Development Manager in 2003, elaborating the Avionics market for Barco worldwide. In 2008, he joined EuroAvionics, the leading avionics manufacturer of Situational Awareness systems. Geert became responsible for worldwide Business Development at EuroAvionics. Later his responsibilities inside EuroAvionics were further enlarged with a role in Product Management.

In 2012 Geert Mansvelt also started his own business offering B2B solutions based on multi-rotor UAV technology. In 2016, he became an independent aerospace consultant, uninterruptedly representing EuroAvionics.

Peter McCarthy

Prior to joining Cranfield University as an academic member of staff, Pete served for 32 years in the British Army. As an army helicopter pilot and aircraft commander he has seen operational military service all over the world, his last operational flying post was as the senior military instructor at the Apache flight simulator, Attack Helicopter Force (AHF). Pete has worked as an Air Accident Investigator, and is an accredited Human Factors specialist with the European Association of Aviation Psychology (EAAP).

Sunshine McCarthy

Sunshine McCarthy is an accomplished training facilitator and speaker, and has broad international business experience working with the aviation industry throughout the world. Through her career she has gained considerable experience and expertise in the areas of aviation safety, Safety Management System (SMS), organizational management, training, and staff development. Today she works with organizations to establish and enhance their SMS and safety culture. Prior to joining Baldwin Safety & Compliance, Sunshine held leadership roles at ServiceElements International, a business aviation organizational development company and MedAire, Inc. a service provider to the aviation industry. Previous to that she held a number of positions with US Airways, including Training Specialist and Manager of Cabin Safety – the latter of which gave her responsibility for all safety issues related to the aircraft cabin environment. She has also worked as a Community Development Volunteer with the US Peace Corps in Cape Verde, Africa. Sunshine holds a Certificate in Aviation Safety from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resources from Geneva College and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Prescott College. Additionally, in 2014 she earned a Certificate in Just Culture. Currently she is serving on the SMS Sub Committee for the USHST (United States Helicopter Safety Team).

Phil Moylan

Philip Moylan is President of Moylan Marketing Consultants, Inc., a global marketing representation organization based in Southern California. He has previously held senior Marketing and Business Development positions with BAE Systems, Rockwell Collins (Flight Dynamics) and Simmonds Precision. While with Flight Dynamics, he pioneered the sale of Head-Up Guidance Systems (HGS) to the commercial aerospace industry by developing a successful ROI for commercial HUD. Following the first commitment from Alaska Airlines, Mr. Moylan followed up with the largest single airline HUD order in aerospace history from Southwest Airlines. This lead to the investigation of the technology by Boeing and, with Mr. Moylan's assistance, to the subsequent offering of the system as an option on the B737NG family of aircraft and as standard equipment on the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), another first in the industry. He has written and presented many technical papers on HUD, EVS, EFB, GPS/LPV and other client products at various worldwide industry conferences and symposia. Mr. Moylan hails from Dublin, Ireland and holds a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Morgan Palmer

Morgan Palmer has over 20 years experience delivering software solutions. Morgan joined EtQ to create the company's first software application and is now responsible for Reliance, EtQ's flagship product for quality, environmental and safety management. As EtQ's Chief Technology Officer, Morgan continues to drive the innovation and strategy that make EtQ the leading provider in the markets it serves.


Dr. William Rankin

Bill Rankin recently retired as a Boeing Technical Fellow and Lead of the Maintenance Human Factors Group. He received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in 1977 from Washington State University in the areas of human learning and cognitive psychology. From 1976 to 1986 he worked for the Battelle Seattle Research Centers carrying out human factors work in the nuclear, liquefied natural gas, and chemical processing industries.

Bill joined Boeing in 1986 and moved to Boeing Customer Support in 1995. His responsibilities there included the development of maintenance Human Factors processes and training relevant to Boeing customer airlines. This included support for helping airline Maintenance & Engineering organizations implement the Maintenance Error Decision Aid process, a Fatigue Risk Management System, the Maintenance Line Operations Safety Assessment, Maintenance Human Factors Training, and a Safety Management System. In 2000, Bill received the International Federation of Airworthiness’ Whittle Safety Award, and in 2010 Bill received the Flight Safety Foundation/Airbus Human Factors in Aviation Safety Award."

Tarek Sabanekh

With an electrical engineering degree from McGill University, Tarek has spent almost 15 years working in the aerospace sector and designing avionics systems for Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC). Starting out as a software engineer, writing software for their Flight Management System (FMS) products, he later took on the role of flight test engineer supporting the certification activities of CMC's FMS products. Eventually, Tarek became CMC's chief system design engineer on their helicopter FMS and GPS products. He current serves as program manager responsible for the technical marketing of CMC's avionics systems.

George Santos

Prior to commencing his career in aviation, George obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering and served as a Mechanical Engineer for three years mainly in the development of improved operational processes in the manufacturing industry. He thereafter commenced his career in aviation in 1990, operating mainly in the offshore oil and gas helicopter support industry in Europe and West Africa.George's professional air, ground, administrative and operational employee training expertise spans over 20 years and has focused on the pragmatic approach to the use of Crew Resource Management (CRM) and core Human Factors (HF) skills in the design and management of safety, training and operational systems.Operating a consultancy based in the Town of Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, George develops systems which take a pragmatic approach to the development and management of safety/training systems, procedures, programs and manuals for international clients. He presently serves as the Manager, Training and Standards for Africa and the Middle East with the Bristow Group.George also serves as a speaker internationally on various training, safety and operational subjects. He has served annually here at the CHC Safety and Quality Summit in Vancouver since 2009.

Dr. Scott Shappell

Dr. Shappell is currently a Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Factors and Systems at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Before joining the faculty at ERAU in the fall of 2012, Dr. Shappell was professor of Industrial Engineering at Clemson University from 2005-2012. Before that, he was the Human Factors Research Branch Manager at the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute. In addition, he has served over 16 years in the U.S. Navy as an Aerospace Experimental Psychologist. He has published/presented well over 200 papers, books, and presentations in the fields of accident investigation, system safety, spatial disorientation, sustained operations and fatigue. Dr. Shappell received a B.S. in psychology (1983) from Wright State University graduating Summa Cum Laude with honors in psychology and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1990.

Chris Solan

Chris has over 25 years of experience in global aviation as a pilot, operations and safety leader, and aerospace engineer. He is a Gulf War veteran with over 3000 hours in military combat, major airline, corporate, and production flight test operations. With a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from MIT, he is an expert at bridging the gap between aviation customers and product developers. Since 2003, he has been an industry pioneer in bringing Flight Data Analysis programs from the airlines to military, business, and general aviation.

As a program manager, he led the implementation of the U.S. Air Force Military Flight Operational Quality Assurance (MFOQA) program. As the Director of Flight Operations for an aircraft manufacturer, he pioneered the first ever manufacturer-hosted, FAA-approved Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) and Aviation Safety Action Programs (ASAP) for business and general aviation customers. Chris currently oversees Product Management with GE Aviation in Austin, Texas, USA, delivering an industry leading, big data analysis platform to support a technology and services product line spanning fuel management, precision-based navigation and safety.

Cengiz Turkoglu

Cengiz started his career as an aircraft maintenance engineer and worked in different airlines and maintenance organisations both in Turkey and in the UK. He held aircraft maintenance licenses from Turkish DGCA, FAA and UK CAA. He then worked as a Quality Engineer for SR Technics UK Ltd (Formerly FLS Aerospace UK Ltd) until 2005 and subsequently held the "Continuing Airworthiness Post Holder" position for Flightline, a UK charter airline. In 2008, Cengiz joined City University London as a Senior Lecturer and also Wake QA as a part time IOSA auditor. Since then he had the opportunity to visit twenty different airlines in Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe and audited their Quality & Safety Management Systems. In September 2015, Cengiz joined the Cranfield Safety and Accident Investigation Centre (CSAIC). He is a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Chartered Quality Professional. He has been a member of the UK Flight Safety Committee since 2010 and recently joined the Executive Board as the Vice Chairman. He has been chairing the Technical Committee of the International Federation of Airworthiness since 2011 and representing IFA in the European Commercial Aviation Safety Team. He currently holds BEng (Hons) Degree in Aircraft Engineering from Kingston University and MSc Air Transport Management from City University London. Cengiz chose the topic of "Risk Culture in Commercial Air Transport" for his PhD research, which he has recently started at Cranfield University, UK.

Liam Tutin

Mr. Tutin is the senior manager for safety and quality in the Asia Pacific region and provides global support for safety systems development and standardisation. He has over 30 years’ experience in aviation disciplines spanning aircraft manufacture, executive jet operations, maintenance organisations and significant charter operations in the (FIFO) resource sector. He has extensive experience in the strategic development and implementation of safety systems aligned to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) principles. Prior to joining CHC, Mr. Tutin successfully integrated new Australian state safety program regulations for operational structures in continued airworthiness management organisations (CAMO) and aircraft maintenance organisations (AMO). Since joining CHC Mr. Tutin has been responsible for the development of the new risk management program currently being deployed throughout the CHC Helicopters network. He is a qualified aviation lead auditor, accident investigator and held the Australian regulator appointed responsible manager positions, for both safety and quality systems, across Flight Operations, CAMO and AMO.