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 You" by Jeff Woodford, 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" by Moranda Reilly, Project Manager, Data Comm Outreach and Metrics, Electronic Systems/Harris Corporation 

11:30 AM "Integrations of New Entrants" by 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

1:45 PM Keynote: "Keep it Simple - Leadership for Higher Safety Standards" by JD McHenry, President & CEO, Global Jet Services

2:45 PM "Business Aviation Hot Topic Panel" Discussion with industry leaders from a Corporate Flight Department, FBO, Aircraft Detailing Organization around how their organizations include safety in their operations on a daily basis.

3:30 PM Closing Remarks & Door Prizes

4:15PM 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 reception details coming soon!  



Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!


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