Greater Washington Business 
Aviation Association

GWBAA 14th Annual

Safety Standdown

Presented by


Your safety is our highest priority. As a result of the developing COVID-19 pandemic, we have chosen to postpone the Safety Standdown.  We will continue to monitor the situation and plan to reschedule this event. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work through these changes.  



7:30 AM Registration Opens

7:30 AM Breakfast & Networking (sponsored by Air Culinare & Universal Weather & Aviation)

8:30 AM Opening Remarks

Caleb Stitely, GWBAA Safety Chair 

8:45 AM GWBAA Welcome & Update

Bob Blouin, GWBAA President

9:00 AM "System Safety from the Top Down"

Sheryl Clarke, Director of Safety, Jet Linx

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

10:30 AM "Safety Third"

Josh Shields, Captain, BAE SYSTEMS

11:30 AM Hot Topics Panel 

Moderator: Caleb Stitely, Marketing & Client Relations Manager, Chantilly Air

Fuel Contamination - Steve Berry,  Training & Content Manager, NATA

ICAO Corsia & Sustainability - Kurt Edwards, Director General IBAC, ICAO

CPDLC Update - Moranda Reilly, L3 Harris Technologies

12:30 PM Lunch (Sponsored by Bombardier)

1:30 PM NBAA & Safety Committee Update 

Paige Kroner, Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative, NBAA 

Mike Otte, NBAA Safety Committee

1:45 PM "Personal Error Management & a Psychology of Compliance"

Paul Lewandowski, Chief Inspector, LNK, Duncan Aviation

2:30 PM Keynote "Professionalism in Aviation"

Robert Agostino, Director, Flight Operations, Group Holdings Aviation

3:30 PM Closing Remarks & Door Prizes

4:15 PM Optional: TWA 800 Reconstruction Briefing

Robert Agostino
Director, Flight Operations

Group Holdings Aviation

A recipient of the Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation award as well as several other NBAA safety awards, Mr. Agostino was selected for the 2003 Laureate Award the 2007 Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureate Award.  The first recipient of the Business & Commercial Aviation Vision Award, he has also received commendations from the FAA, US Navy, and the FBI for his pioneering work in aviation safety.

A nine-time world record holder, Agostino’s career totals more than 40 years of corporate flight operations.  He was also the reator of the first Bombardier Safety Stand-down.

His keynote, Professionalism in Aviation, focuses on the key component of safety, the individual. Professionalism and safety are not mutually exclusive; therefore we have to understand the various levels of professionalism.  At the same time, this presentation makes an effort to dismiss myths about how we perform as humans.

Networking Registration Now Open!

Join us Wednesday, March 25th 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 2020 Sponsors!

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