Greater Washington Business 
Aviation Association

13th Annual Safety Standdown

We are pleased to announce our 13th Annual Safety Standdown will be April 18, 2019, at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia.  Please join us for a full day of networking and learning with other business aviation professionals.

Preliminary Agenda

7:30 AM Registration Opens

7:30 AM Breakfast & Networking

8:30 AM Opening Remarks

Caleb Stitely, GWBAA Safety Chair 

8:45 AM GWBAA Welcome & Update

Bob Blouin, GWBAA President

9:00AM It all Begins with Me

Jeff Wofford, Chief Pilot & Director of Aviation, CommScope, Inc.

Addresses the underlying issues in all aviation accidents:

  • Basic Flying Skills (including automation airmanship and continuing education)
  • Human Factors (physiology and psychology)
  • Professionalism and leadership 

10:00 AM Energy Break (sponsored by FlightSafety International)

10:30 AM US Domestic CPDLC DCL & En Route

Moranda Reilly, Project Manager, Data Comm Outreach and Metrics, Electronic Systems/Harris Corporation 

11:30 AM Integrations of New Entrants

Heidi Williams, Director Air Traffic Service & Infrastructures, NBAA

12:30 PM Lunch (Sponsored by Bombardier)

1:30 PM NBAA & Safety Committee Update 

Paige Kroner, Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative, NBAA and Michael Ott, Phoenix Air Repair & NBAA Safety Committee

1:45 PM Keynote: Keep it Simple - Leadership for Higher Safety Standards

JD McHenry, President & CEO, Global Jet Services

2:45 PM Business Aviation Safety Panel

Industry leaders discuss how their organizations incorporate safety into all aspects of their operations on a daily basis.  

Moderator: Jamie Wilson, Senior Associate, FBO Partners & Vice President, GWBAA

Peter Branower, Captain & Safety Officer, GEICO Flight Department

Kevin Donnelly, Director Quality, Security & EHS FBO, Jet Aviation

Dave Carmichael, Director, Safety & Compliance, Sharp Details LLC

John Detloff, Vice President Culinary R&D and FA Services, Air Culinare

3:30 PM Closing Remarks & Door Prizes

4:15 PM Optional: Tour of TWA 800

"Keep it Simple - Leadership for Higher Safety Standards"

JD McHenry,
President & CEO

Learn the key leadership attributes that have a profound affect on everything from Crew Resource Management (CRM) to Human Factors (HF) to Safety Management Systems (SMS) to Professionalism and more.

About JD McHenry

JD has been involved in aviation maintenance and flight operation programs for over 40 years, including positions in aircraft manufacturing, corporate flight operations, FAR 91 & 135 operations, aircraft management, repair stations, and fixed base operations.  He holds an A & P, IA, pilot, and Doctorate in Business Management and is a speaker at the Bombardier Safety Standdown. 

Networking registration now open!

Join us Wednesday, April 17th for this free networking event the evening prior to the Safety Standdown.  Click link below for more details or to register.


Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!

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